Harrogate bus route 36

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Harrogate Bus Company 36
Transdev Harrogate '36' 3639 - BF67 GOA.jpg
OperatorHarrogate Bus Company
VehicleVolvo B5TL/Wright Gemini 3 (2016–)
LocaleNorth Yorkshire
Frequency10–20 minutes[a]

The 36 is a bus service operated by Harrogate Bus Company, which links Leeds, Harewood and Harrogate with Ripley and Ripon. It is operated by a fleet of high-specification Volvo B5TL/Wright Gemini 3 double-deck vehicles, branded in a red and black livery.[1]

The service is an example of a premium service characterised by more luxurious vehicles compared to those used on other commuter lines,[2] which in combination with a high service frequency has significantly increased ridership and influenced the modal split in favour of public transport.[3]


Trains on the Leeds to Northallerton Railway had provided the main service between Leeds and Ripon between 1848 and 1967, until passenger services were cut back to Harrogate, following the infamous Beeching cuts. Since then, Ripon has only been served by bus services, with Harrogate and Knaresborough being the nearest rail stations to the city.

The 36 was originally operated by the West Yorkshire Road Car Company from the mid 1960s, with the route running between Vicar Lane in Leeds and Ripon Railway Station. However, most journeys only operated between Leeds and Harrogate.

Route 36 began operating using a fleet of Leyland Lynxes. In the 1990s, they were replaced by a fleet of Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLEs and Alexander Royale bodied Volvo Olympians.[citation needed]

In October 2003, Harrogate & District relaunched route 36 with fourteen Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs with leather seats.[4][5][6][2] The improvements lead to an increase in patronage by 18% in 2006 alone.[7] In 2010, the fleet was refurbished and remodelled with a new livery and 2+1 seating on the upper deck.[8][9][10]

In January 2016, route 36 was again relaunched with fourteen new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5TLs,[9][10] fitted with leather seating, WiFi, and USB charging points.[4]

In September 2021, a night service was reintroduced on Saturdays.[11]

Funding from the UK Government's Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) fund was secured in May 2022 to aid Transdev Blazefield and North Yorkshire County Council in the electrification of the 36, which will see nineteen battery electric double-decker buses with pantograph chargers delivered to replace the existing diesel Volvo B5TLs on the service.[12][13][14]


Harrogate Bus Company 36
Ripon – Harrogate – Leeds
via Ripley & Harewood
Ripon Bus Station
Bus interchange
Wormald Green Wayside
South Stainley Red Lion
Killinghall Three Horseshoes
Harrogate Bus Station
National Rail Bus interchange
Pannal Spacey Houses Junction
Harewood Harewood Arms
Moortown Street Lane Corner
Leeds City Bus Station
National Rail Bus interchange


  1. ^ An hourly service operates during the evening.


  1. ^ "36 - Ripon & Harrogate to Leeds". The Harrogate Bus Company. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Plisner, P. (4 February 2005). "Posh bus". Bus and Coach Professional (97): 18–20.
  3. ^ White, Peter (2011). "Discussion Paper: Equitable access: Remote and rural communities 'transport needs'" (PDF). International Transport Forum. International Transport Forum Discussion Papers. doi:10.1787/5kg9mq4wlzkk-en. hdl:10419/68817.
  4. ^ a b Jones, Stuart (26 January 2016). "Transdev Harrogate redefines the 36". Bus and Coach Buyer. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  5. ^ Commuters lured by luxury bus BBC News 27 October 2003
  6. ^ Route 36 Harrogate Bus Company Accessed 26 February 2017
  7. ^ The Ten Percent Club (2006). Routes to revenue growth: the message from nine successful bus services. London: Local Transport Today Limited.
  8. ^ The famous Yorkshire 36 set to be the finest bus Transdev 22 January 2016
  9. ^ a b Transdev Harrogate redefines the 36 Bus & Coach Buyer 26 January 2016
  10. ^ a b £3m touch of luxury for Harrogate-Leeds no 36 rock star of buses Harrogate Advertiser 29 January 2016
  11. ^ Chalmers, Graham (2 September 2021). "New services announced as Harrogate Bus Company gets back to normal". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  12. ^ Lidstone, John G.; et al. (11 June 2022). "In Fleet News this month". Buses. No. 808. Stamford: Key Publishing. p. 77. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Double-deck service 36 (Ripon-Harrogate-Leeds), where vehicle duties reach 350 miles a day, is due to be electrified as part of an investment (13.3 million by Transdev, £7.8 million by central government) in 19 double-deckers and 20 single-deckers. The double-deckers and ten of the single-deckers will have opportunity-charging similar to the Volvo 7900e single-deckers operated on Harrogate town services.(subscription required)
  13. ^ Webster, Jacob (31 March 2022). "Millions awarded to turn Harrogate's bus fleet electric". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  14. ^ Kitchen, Ruby (14 May 2022). "How electric buses could be 'force for good' to ease travel woes as Harrogate bucks transport trend". The Yorkshire Post. Leeds. Retrieved 28 June 2022.

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