Transdev Blazefield has signed an agreement to buy the Arriva-owned Yorkshire Tiger bus operations. Completion on the sale is expected in summer 2021.
The sale is set to include Arriva’s depots at Elland, near Halifax and Waterloo in Huddersfield, as well as 61 buses. The agreement will also see Arriva’s 163 drivers, engineers, cleaning and support colleagues based at these two depots join Transdev.
Waterloo depot will be on its fifth owner since the millennium, with Traction Group, Stagecoach, Centrebus and Arriva preceding Transdev.
Routes 231 and 232 between Huddersfield and Wakefield are expected to remain within Arriva’s Yorkshire business. An Arriva spokesperson confirmed to Buses that they will be operated using vehicles from the Arriva Yorkshire Wakefield depot, in place of the current mix of Plaxton Centros, Optare Tempos and East Lancs Lowlanders operating out of Huddersfield.
Transdev said it will integrate Yorkshire Tiger’s current day and season passes into its range of unlimited travel tickets, while West Yorkshire Metro’s range of multi-operator tickets will continue to be valid on all its services.