Yorkshire Tiger

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YorkshireTigerLogo.svg
Yorkshire Tiger 719.JPG
Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB200
in September 2013
Parent Arriva
Founded May 2008
Headquarters Elland
Service area Yorkshire
Service type Bus services
Alliance K-Line
Routes 51
Hubs Bradford
Dewsbury
Halifax
Huddersfield
Leeds
Wakefield
Depots 4
Fleet 125 (October 2013)
Website www.yorkshiretiger.co.uk

Yorkshire Tiger[1] is a bus company based in Elland, West Yorkshire. Formed in May 2008 as Centrebus Holdings, in September 2013 it became a subsidiary of Arriva and was rebranded Yorkshire Tiger.

History[edit]

Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB200 in September 2008
Optare Solo in May 2010
Airport Direct liveried Scania OmniCity in July 2010

Stagecoach[edit]

In December 2005 Stagecoach Yorkshire purchased the Huddersfield operations and depot of Yorkshire Traction.[2]

In March 2008 it was reported that Arriva were in discussions with Stagecoach to purchase their bus operations in Huddersfield. Arriva Yorkshire already operated services in the town, so purchasing Stagecoach's operations would enlarge their presence. At the time Arriva registered a trading name of The Huddersfield Bus Company, registered on the Arriva Southern Counties licence.[3][4]

In May 2008 Centrebus Holdings[1] purchased the business. Centrebus Holdings was owned by the directors of Centrebus (60%) and Arriva (40%). Despite the common name and livery, Centrebus Holdings has never been owned by the Centrebus company.[5]

K-Line[edit]

Main article: K-Line (bus operator)

K-Line operates a number of services in the Huddersfield and Kirklees areas. At around the same time Centrebus Holdings purchased Stagecoach Huddersfield it also concluded a deal to buy K-Line.[5]

Hinckley operations[edit]

In August 2008 Arriva Midlands' Hinckley depot was sold to Centrebus Holdings.[6] In September 2008 Centrebus purchased the Leicester bus operations of Woods Coaches and services 58 and 140 were transferred to Centrebus Holdings.

Centrebus were given an emergency contract for route 148 in September which was previously operated by Thurmaston Bus, during December 2012. Wide Horizon Coaches of Hinckley ceased trading and Centrebus were awarded an emergency contract for their H1 service by Leicestershire County Council, for four months until a review of tendered bus services around the Hinckley area was carried out. Centrebus were originally awarded a new contract for a revised service 148 which would have covered services 5, 8 and H1. However, Centrebus Holdings took the commercial decision to merge services 8 and H1 into the current 148 which was expanded into Hinckley. Service 5 was kept on as a tendered service.[citation needed]

On 9 September 2013 the Hinckley based operations were rebranded as Hinckley Bus.[7]

Centrebus Holdings[edit]

With the purchase of both Stagecoach and K-Line, Centrebus Holdings became the second largest bus operator in Huddersfield after First West Yorkshire. Centrebus decided to retain the K-Line brand, and operate the former Stagecoach services under the Huddersfield Bus Company name, although the Centrebus name was used for the rest of the West Yorkshire operations.

In January 2010 Centrebus Holdings took over some contracted services previously run by First West Yorkshire in the Calderdale area, including Greetland, Halifax, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Stainland. Unlike services in Huddersfield, most of the Calderdale services began to run under the Centrebus brand, while routes 536 and 537 were operated by Huddersfield Bus Company from their Waterloo depot and route 343 was operated by K-Line.[8]

As a result, a new depot was established in Elland for the Calderdale operations.[9]

The services that Centrebus Holdings obtained were:[10][11]

  • 343 Halifax-Huddersfield (operated by K-Line)
  • 528 Halifax-Rochdale
  • 531 Halifax-Ripponden via Copley
  • 534 Halifax-Northowram
  • 536/537 Halifax-Huddersfield (operated by Huddersfield Bus)
  • 557 Halifax-Ripponden/Rishworth (Commons also on last run)
  • 559 Halifax-Dean Head
  • 560 Halifax-Commons (early morning only)
  • 574 Halifax-Booth/Midgeley
  • 577 Halifax-Hubberton
  • 579 Halifax-Sowerby (evenings only; daytime services operated by First)
  • 832 Halifax-West End

In April 2010, Centrebus Holdings obtained another service under the Huddersfield Bus Company division, taking over routes 435/436 from Arriva Yorkshire. They also extended further by obtaining three Leeds Bradford Airport bus services that were previously run by First, routes 737 and 747 to Bradford and 757 to Leeds.[12] Like the Calderdale operations, these services operated under the Centrebus name, with a depot on Kirkstall Road.

The company would face competition as First continued to run the 757 service between the airport and Leeds railway station, while Centrebus ran to Leeds City bus station. However, since July 2010 Centrebus have been the only operator of route 757 after First withdrew their service.[13] At the same time, Centrebus began to operate many more services in the Bradford and Leeds areas, winning contracts from Metro for services previously run by First, while some services are jointly operated by the two companies.

In October 2010 Halifax Joint Committee's routes 28A, 34 and 36 were taken over by Centrebus's Elland depot while K-Line took over route 31.[14] The A99 service, which runs during term time between the University of Bradford and Bradford University School of Management campuses, was taken over by Centrebus in 2012 having previously been operated by First. At the same time the service was made free to use for university students.

Yorkshire Tiger[edit]

In September 2013 Arriva bought out its partners and rebranded the company Yorkshire Tiger.[15][16][17] Its fleet is gradually being repainted with the new brand identity, consisting of overall orange with tiger prints. The K-Line operation will retain its identity.

Flying Tiger[edit]

In April 2014, Yorkshire Tiger's services to Leeds Bradford Airport (737, 747 and 757) began using the sub-brand Flying Tiger. For the 757 service from Leeds, new Optare Versa buses in a blue livery have been used and the service frequency increased to every 20 minutes. Existing Scania Omnicity buses used on routes 737 and 747 (Bradford and Harrogate) have also been heavily refurbished and rebranded. [18][19]

Fleet[edit]

As at October 2013 the fleet consists of 125 buses (including K-Line).[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 6544272 Centrebus Holdings Limited
  2. ^ Stagecoach buys Yorkshire traction busandcoach.com 15 December 2005
  3. ^ Companies House extract company no 4166041 Yorkshire Tiger Limited formerly Huddersfield Bus Company Limited formerly Arriva Southern Limited
  4. ^ "Stagecoach discusses possible Huddersfield depot sale to Arriva" Buses April 2008
  5. ^ a b "Centrebus teams up with Arriva to rival First in Huddersfield" Buses June 2008
  6. ^ Centrebus Herts & Beds Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page 31 August 2008
  7. ^ Hinkley Bus Arriva
  8. ^ "New bus network for rural South Calderdale". Metro. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jobs cuts loom for First bus drivers in Huddersfield and Halifax". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Consultation Changes to Bus Services in Rural Calderdale – January 2010". Metro. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Calderdale tendered service review (maps)". Metro. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "New firms to take over Wharfedale and Aireborough bus routes". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Metro awards contracts to Centrebus". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Firm takes on bus services". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  15. ^ Centrebus (Holdings) Limited Arriva 9 September 2013
  16. ^ Arriva takes joint venture control busandcoach.com 12 September 2013
  17. ^ Arriva unleases its Yorkshire Tiger busandcoach.com 9 October 2013
  18. ^ http://yorkshiretiger.co.uk/uploads/757.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.flyingtigerbus.co.uk/
  20. ^ Yorkshire Tiger (incl K-Line) South Yorkshire Omnibus Society 11 October 2013

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