Transdev has signed an agreement to buy the West Yorkshire-based Yorkshire Tiger bus operations from Arriva UK Bus, with completion expected in the summer and Arriva employees transferring to Transdev as part of the deal.
Once complete, the sale will include Arriva’s two depots at Elland, near Halifax and Waterloo in Huddersfield, and 61 buses. Arriva is however retaining its 231 and 232 Huddersfield – Wakefield routes, as part of its Yorkshire business.
Transdev Blazefield CEO Alex Hornby says: “We are thrilled to be growing our team and our company, and are really looking forward to serving this part of West Yorkshire for the first time. This demonstrates Transdev’s long-term commitment to develop our business here in the north of England, building on a clear track record of success.
“We’re looking forward to meeting all our new colleagues and new customers, as well as strengthening relationships with our local authority partners further. This presents a hugely exciting opportunity to all work together and improve the quality of bus travel further across Halifax and Huddersfield.”
Arriva area managing director Patrick Sibley adds: “Although we will be sad to hand over operations of our Tiger business, we are delighted that it will be in the hands of Transdev, a well-known local bus company, who will take good care of the depots, customers and all employees.”