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Keighley Bus owner expands to Halifax and Huddersfield

Transdev, which runs bus services from Keighley, has announced it's buying the Yorkshire Tiger bus operations covering Kirklees and Calderdale.

The deal is expected to be completed in the summer, with Transdev taking over the services from Arriva UK Bus. Local bus services for the areas will continue unaffected and staff will move over to Transdev as part of the sale agreement. 

The sale includes depots at Elland and Waterloo in Huddersfield as well as 61 buses and more than 160 staff.

Transdev Blazefield CEO 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 said: “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.”

Arriva and Transdev are both paying tribute to the hard work of driving and support teams at its Halifax and Huddersfield depots throughout the pandemic as an important factor in securing the company’s future. Both Transdev and Arriva say they're committed to working together to ensure a smooth and effective transition for customers and colleagues over the coming months.

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