Yorkshire Tiger

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20200807 Yorkshire Tiger 719 (cropped).jpg
Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB200 in Scissett in August 2020
ParentArriva UK Bus
FoundedMay 2008 (Elland, Halifax, Huddersfield)
September 2013 (Leeds, York and Rest of Yorkshire)
Service areaYorkshire
Service typeBus services
Fleet144 (October 2014)
Fuel typeDiesel
OperatorYorkshire Tiger
Chief executivePeter Harvey

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


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


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 three directors of Centrebus who together owned 56% and Arriva the remaining 44%.[5] Despite the common name and livery, Centrebus Holdings has never been owned by the Centrebus company.[6]

Former Hinckley operations[edit]

In August 2008 Arriva Midlands' Hinckley depot was sold to Centrebus Holdings.[7] In September 2008 Centrebus purchased the Leicester bus operations of Woods Coaches and services 58 and 140 were transferred to Centrebus Holdings.

Following the arriva takeover on 9 September 2013 the Hinckley based operations were rebranded as Hinckley Bus.[8] During 2019 the Hinckley operations were absorbed into the Leicester operations of Arriva Midlands and operate as an outstation of their South Wigston depot.[9]

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.[10]

As a result, a new depot was established in Elland for the Calderdale operations.[11]

The services that Centrebus Holdings obtained were:[12][13]

  • 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][18][19] Its fleet is gradually being repainted with the new brand identity, consisting of overall orange with tiger prints. Many of its contracted services in Calderdale fall under a new sub-brand, 'The Calder Cubs'. These are all operated with Optare Solo buses, which all have free wifi and USB plug sockets.

A fire at its Elland depot in December 2015 saw ten of its buses destroyed.[20][21]

As of 30 August 2020, Yorkshire Tiger practically pulled out of the Bradford area completely, with all of its Hoppa services returning to TLC, from whence they had been obtained. The only service still operating into the Bradford area is the 504 (previously operated as the 502) between Keighley Bus Station and Halifax Bus Station.[citation needed]

Flying Tiger[edit]

YJ14 BWW an Optare Versa, in the old livery, at Leeds City Square on the 757 towards Leeds Bus Station. 21 February 2018

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 to the airport and Bradford to Harrogate respectively) were also refurbished and rebranded.[22][23][24] In 2017, new Enviro 200 MMC vehicles were purchased for routes 737 and 747 with two Scania Omnicities staying on as spares, a new livery was also introduced and will also be applied to the Versa vehicles.

In August 2020, the 737, 747 and 757 services were all withdrawn, and replaced by new A1, A2 and A3 services operated by Transdev.[25]

Tiger Blue[edit]

Tiger Blue (formerly known as K-Line)[26] is a bus operator based in Honley, West Yorkshire. Tiger Blue operate a number of public bus services in the Kirklees area. The company is only second to First Calderdale & Huddersfield in terms of the number of services operated in the Huddersfield area.[27] The company also runs the FreeTownBus service in Huddersfield town centre, which is a free bus service running a circular route around the town centre.


The former K-Line logo

K-Line was founded in 1980 initially operating out of a garage in Kingburton. With deregulation in 1986, it began operating commercial services in Huddersfield and tendered services in Elland. In November 1993, K-Line was purchased by Pride of the Road Group and in 1998 moved to Honley. In May 2008 K-Line was purchased by Centrebus Holdings.[28][29] It continued to trade as a separate entity from Centrebus, however.

In January 2010, Centrebus Holdings took over some contracted services previously run by First West Yorkshire in the Calderdale area including route 343 that was taken over by K-Line.[10] In October 2010, K-Line took over route 31 from Halifax Joint Committee.[16]

After Arriva wholly purchased Centrebus Holdings in September 2013, it was decided to rebrand most of the business as Yorkshire Tiger while retaining K-Line as a separate brand.[17][18][19] In October 2014, Arriva rebranded K-Line as Tiger Blue to bring it in line with the Yorkshire Tiger brand.[30]


Optare Solo on the Huddersfield FreeTownBus

Tiger Blue provide several bus services in the Huddersfield area, running during the day Mondays to Saturdays, serving areas such as Almondbury, Brackenhall, Crosland Moor, Golcar, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Meltham, Milnsbridge, Mount, Netherton, Newsome, Quarmby and Scapegoat Hill. Buses also run to parts of Calderdale, such as Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Ripponden. Tiger Blue only run one service on Sundays, the 900 (and then only between Easter and the third Sunday in October) and do not run any services during the evening.[31] Tiger Blue also operates the FreeTownBus service in Huddersfield.[32]

On 29 September 2014, Tiger Blue took over operation of the Kirklees Access Bus contract, for Metro, with four new Optare Solo SRs.


As at October 2014, the fleet consists of 144 buses (including Tiger Blue).[33]


  1. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 6544272 Centrebus Holdings Limited
  2. ^ Stagecoach buys Yorkshire traction Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 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. ^ Completed acquisition by Arriva Passenger Services Limited of the remainder of the entire share capital of Centrebus Holdings Limited Competition & Markets Authority 6 May 2014 page 1
  6. ^ "Centrebus teams up with Arriva to rival First in Huddersfield" Buses June 2008
  7. ^ Centrebus Herts & Beds Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page 31 August 2008
  8. ^ Hinckley Bus Arriva
  9. ^ "Arriva Bus". www.arrivabus.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  10. ^ a b "New bus network for rural South Calderdale". Metro. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Jobs cuts loom for First bus drivers in Huddersfield and Halifax". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Consultation Changes to Bus Services in Rural Calderdale – January 2010" (PDF). Metro. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  13. ^ "Calderdale tendered service review (maps)" (PDF). Metro. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  14. ^ "New firms to take over Wharfedale and Aireborough bus routes". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  15. ^ "Metro awards contracts to Centrebus". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Firm takes on bus services". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
  17. ^ a b Centrebus (Holdings) Limited Arriva 9 September 2013
  18. ^ a b Arriva takes joint venture control Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 12 September 2013
  19. ^ a b Arriva unleases its Yorkshire Tiger Archived 18 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus & Coach Professional 9 October 2013
  20. ^ Atkinson, Neil (28 December 2015). "Buses badly damaged by blaze at Elland". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Yorkshire Tiger battles fire and flood". Bus & Coach Buyer. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  22. ^ http://yorkshiretiger.co.uk/uploads/757.pdf
  23. ^ "Homepage". Flying Tiger Bus. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  24. ^ Airport Direct becomes Flying Tigers Bus & Coach Buyer2 May 2014
  25. ^ https://www.wymetro.com/media/6148/public-transport-changes-ct123-02.pdf
  26. ^ Companies House extract company no 3287940 Teamdeck Limited
  27. ^ "South Kirklees List of Services" (PDF). Metro. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
  28. ^ "Centrebus teams up with Arriva to rival First in Huddersfield" Buses June 2008
  29. ^ "Yorkshire Tiger" Buses issue 715 October 2014 pages 28-31
  30. ^ Yorkshire Tiger launches Tiger Blue service Coach & Bus Week issue 1162 4 November 2014 page 12
  31. ^ "Timetable Leaflets". Metro. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
  32. ^ "Huddersfield freetownbus". Metro. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  33. ^ Yorkshire Tiger (incl Tiger Blue) Archived 23 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine South Yorkshire Omnibus Society 14 October 2014

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