Arriva Sapphire

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Arriva Sapphire
Arriva Sapphire 2017 logo.png
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Slogan Get there in style with Arriva
Parent Arriva
Founded April 2013
Service type Luxury bus
Routes 30 (June 2017)
Fleet Alexander Dennis Enviro400
Wright Pulsar/Pulsar 2
Wright StreetLite
Operator Arriva Buses Wales
Arriva Midlands
Arriva North East
Arriva North West
Arriva Shires & Essex
Arriva Southern Counties
Arriva Yorkshire
Website Website

Arriva Sapphire is a premium brand used by various Arriva bus subsidiaries in the United Kingdom.


Arriva Sapphire logo used from 2013-2017

In February 2013, Arriva announced it would be launching a premium service under the Sapphire brand for its bus services in the United Kingdom.[1] It is similar to the Stagecoach Gold brand launched by Stagecoach in 2007.

The brand was rolled out initially on four pilot routes:[2]

In 2014, the brand was rolled out on a further 11 routes with another six scheduled for conversion in late 2015.[7][8][9]

In 2015, the Sapphire brand was shortlisted for an award for exemplary commitment to customer excellence at the International Association of Public Transport World Congress & Exhibition.[10]

In 2017, Arriva Sapphire was rebranded with a new logo and livery, in line with the complete rebrand of Arriva. [11]


As at February 2017 there were 29 Arriva Sapphire routes.

Service no. Route start Route end
Arriva Buses Wales
1 Wrexham Chester[3]
10/10A Chester Connah's Quay and Holywell[12]
12 Rhyl Llandudno
Arriva Midlands
1/2/2E Huntington Walsall
31/31A Oadby Leicester[4]
38 Stenson Fields Derby[13]
110 Tamworth Birmingham[14]
X3 Leicester Market Harborough[15]
Arriva North East
3/4/X3/X3A/X4 Whitby, Loftus and Lingdale Middlesbrough
5/5A Easington Middlesbrough
6 Durham Bishop Auckland and Cockfield
7 Darlington Durham[6]
22 Durham Sunderland
24 Durham Hartlepool
43/44 Newcastle Morpeth
45 Newcastle Dinnington
X21/X22 Ashington Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Arriva North West
38 Crewe Macclesfield[16]
130 Manchester Macclesfield[16]
263 Manchester Altrincham[17]
362 Chorley Wigan[18]
575 Wigan Bolton
X1 Liverpool Windmill Hill
Arriva Shires & Essex
6 Lakes Estate Wolverton
100/101/102 Stevenage Luton
280/X8 Aylesbury Oxford[5]
320 Hemel Hempstead Rickmansworth
321 Watford Luton
Arriva Southern Counties
101 Gillingham Maidstone[19]
480/490 Dartford Valley Drive[19]
700 Chatham Bluewater[20]
Arriva Yorkshire
110 Hall Green Leeds via Wakefield[21]
163/166 Castleford Leeds via Kippax, West Yorkshire


Buses have leather seats, free WiFi, power points and a modified two tone blue livery. The initial pilot routes commenced with a mix of refurbished double deck buses and new Wright Pulsar bodied VDL SB200s.[1][22] Mostly since then new buses have been purchased, primarily Alexander Dennis Enviro400s and Wright StreetLites.[9] A number of Wright Pulsar/Pulsar 2 vehicles have been refurbished to operate Sapphire routes.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Arriva launches Sapphire upgrade Bus & Coach Professional 21 February 2013
  2. ^ Where We Operate Arriva Sapphire
  3. ^ a b Commute with a little bit of sparkle thanks to Sapphire North Wales Daily Post 29 April 2013
  4. ^ a b Sapphire is jewel in the crown of Arriva services Leicester Mercury 29 June 2013
  5. ^ a b Arriva launches third Sapphire scheme Bus & Coach Buyer 25 July 2013
  6. ^ a b Sapphire launched in north east Bus & Coach Buyer 11 December 2013
  7. ^ 11 new routes for Arriva's Sapphire[permanent dead link] RouteOne 9 July 2014
  8. ^ Where We Operate Arriva Sapphire
  9. ^ a b ADL in pole position as Arriva confirms 2015 orders Bus & Coach Professional 5 March 2015
  10. ^ UITP award nomination for Sapphire brand Bus & Coach Professional 14 May 2015
  11. ^ [1] Arriva Sapphire 700 12 July 2017
  12. ^ Sapphire on Deeside Bus & Coach Buyer 20 March 2015
  13. ^ Arriva's new luxury buses add touch of sparkle to Derby Derby Telegraph 8 August 2014
  14. ^ Sapphire in Tamworth Bus & Coach Buyer 16 October 2014
  15. ^ Arriva Leicester welcomes report Bus & Coach Buyer 15 April 2016
  16. ^ a b New buses set to be launched on the 130 route between Macclesfield and Manchester Macclesfield Express 4 September 2015
  17. ^ Stormtroopers travel faster by bus on the new Arriva Sapphire 263 service Arriva North West 4 April 2016
  18. ^ Route 362 timetable Transport for Greater Manchester
  19. ^ a b Double deckers on Arriva Sapphire route Bus & Coach Buyer 22 April 2015
  20. ^ "We're upgrading the Chatham to Bluewater 700 services to join our select family of premium Sapphire routes". Arriva. Archived from the original on 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  21. ^ Sparking in Leeds Bus & Coach Buyer 21 April 2015
  22. ^ Sapphire investment brings sparkle to bus services Arriva 20 June 2013
  23. ^ Arriva North West & Wales - Initiatives for growth & quality Bus & Coach Buyer 10 April 2014

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