Transdev has agreed to purchase the Yorkshire Tiger business from Arriva for an undisclosed sum. The deal will involve depots at Elland and Huddersfield, 61 buses and 163 staff. It is set to be completed “in the summer,” the purchaser says.
All services will also transfer to Transdev, with the exception of two that run between Huddersfield and Wakefield. They will remain with Arriva’s core Yorkshire business. Yorkshire Tiger’s day and longer duration ticket range is expected to be integrated into Transdev’s product range.
Says Transdev Blazefield CEO Alex Hornby: “We are thrilled to be growing out team and our company, and we 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. At this critical time for bus, we believe it can play a key role in enabling our economic recovery, both locally and nationally.” Mr Hornby adds that “it remains business as usual for now under Arriva.”
Adds Arriva Area Manager Patrick Sibley: “Although we will be sad to hand over operation of our Yorkshire Tiger business, we are delighted that it will be in the hands of Transdev, a well-known local bus company. It will take good care of the depots, customers and all employees.”
Yorkshire Tiger was formed in 2013. Until 2020 its operations included services to Leeds Bradford Airport, which were lost on retender to Transdev and rebranded as the Flyer network.