16 April 2021

Public Transport operator Transdev has agreed a deal to buy the Yorkshire Tiger bus operations from Arriva UK Bus.

The acquisition is not expected to affect bus services and Arriva employees are set to transition over to Transdev as part of the sale agreement.

The sale is set to include Arriva's two depots at Elland, near Halifax and Waterloo in Huddersfield, as well as 61 buses. Completion is expected in summer 2021.

Under the agreement, Arriva's 163 drivers, engineers, cleaning and support colleagues based at the two depots join Transdev's family of over 1,200 people at eight operating centres across the region. The sole exceptions are the 231 and 232 Huddersfield – Wakefield routes, which are planned to remain within Arriva as part of its Yorkshire business.

Transdev Blazefield chief executive Alex Hornby said: "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. At this critical time for the bus, we believe it can play a key role in enabling our economic recovery, both locally and nationally.

"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 added: "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."

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