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Tiger Blue

Optare Solo in Huddersfield in April 2010
Parent Arriva
Headquarters Honley
Service area Huddersfield
Service type Bus services
Alliance Yorkshire Tiger
Depots 1
Fleet 32 (October 2013)

Tiger Blue (formerly known as K-Line)[1] is a bus operator based in Honley, West Yorkshire. It is a subsidiary of Yorkshire Tiger, part of Arriva.

History

The former K-Line logo

K-Line was founded in 1980 initially operating out of a garage in Kingburton. With deregulation in 1986, it began operating commercial services in Huddersfield and tendered services in Elland. In November 1993, K-Line was purchased by Pride of the Road Group and in 1998 moved to Honley. In May 2008 K-Line was purchased by Centrebus Holdings.[2][3] It continued to trade as a separate entity from Centrebus, however.

In January 2010, Centrebus Holdings took over some contracted services previously run by First West Yorkshire in the Calderdale area including route 343 that was taken over by K-Line.[4]In October 2010, K-Line took over route 31 from Halifax Joint Committee.[5]

After Arriva wholly purchased Centrebus Holdings in September 2013, it was decided to rebrand most of the business as Yorkshire Tiger while retaining K-Line as a separate brand.[6][7][8]

In October 2014, Arriva rebranded K-Line as Tiger Blue to bring it in line with the Yorkshire Tiger brand.[9]

Operations

Tiger Blue operate a number of public bus services in the Kirklees area. The company is only second to First Calderdale & Huddersfield in terms of the number of services operated in the Huddersfield area.[10] The company also runs the FreeTownBus service in Huddersfield town centre, which is a free bus service running a circular route around the town centre.

Services

Optare Solo on the Huddersfield FreeTownBus

Tiger Blue provide several bus services in the Huddersfield area, running during the day Mondays to Saturdays, serving areas such as Almondbury, Brackenhall, Crosland Moor, Golcar, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Meltham, Milnsbridge, Mount, Netherton, Newsome, Quarmby and Scapegoat Hill. Buses also run to parts of Calderdale, such as Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Ripponden. Tiger Blue only run one service on Sundays, the 900 (and then only between Easter and the third Sunday in October) and do not run any services during the evening.[11] Tiger Blue also operates the FreeTownBus service in Huddersfield.[12]

On 29 September 2014, Tiger Blue took over operation of the Kirklees Access Bus contract, for Metro, with four new Optare Solo SRs.

Fleet

As at October 2013, the fleet consisted of 32 buses.[8] This will increase to 37 with the Access bus services and associated spare vehicle.

References

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3287940 Teamdeck Limited
  2. ^ "Centrebus teams up with Arriva to rival First in Huddersfield" Buses June 2008
  3. ^ "Yorkshire Tiger" Buses issue 715 October 2014 pages 28-31
  4. ^ "New bus network for rural South Calderdale". Metro. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Firm takes on bus services". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Centrebus (Holdings) Limited Arriva 9 September 2013
  7. ^ Arriva takes joint venture control Bus & Coach Professional 12 September 2013
  8. ^ a b Arriva unleases its Yorkshire Tiger Bus & Coach Professional 9 October 2013
  9. ^ Yorkshire Tiger launches Tiger Blue service Coach & Bus Week issue 1162 4 November 2014 page 12
  10. ^ "South Kirklees List of Services". Metro. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Timetable Leaflets". Metro. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Huddersfield freetownbus". Metro. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 

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