Yorkshire Tiger
Parent companyArriva
HeadquartersPenistone Road, Waterloo, Huddersfield
LocaleYorkshire and the Humber
Service areaWest Yorkshire
Service typeBus
HubsBradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield
FleetLeyland Olympian
Wright Endurance
East Lancs Flyte
Optare Solo
East Lancs Vyking
Ford Transit
Vauxhall Astra
Fuel typeDiesel

Yorkshire Tiger is a bus company in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It is owned by Arriva Yorkshire.



The operations and depot of Stagecoach Huddersfield, which was part of Stagecoach Yorkshire, were purchased from Yorkshire Traction in 2005, as part of Stagecoach's takeover of that company.

In March 2008, it was reported that Stagecoach Yorkshire were in discussions for Arriva to purchase their bus operations in Huddersfield. Arriva subsidiary Arriva Yorkshire already operated services in the town, so purchasing Stagecoach's operations would enlarge their presence. At the time Arriva registered a trading name of "The Huddersfield Bus Company", registered on the Arriva Southern Counties license.[1]

Shortly afterwards, six of the newest Stagecoach Huddersfield buses were moved away to other depots.

It was announced in May 2008 that Centrebus Holdings had been formed to purchase the company. Centrebus Holdings was owned jointly by the directors of Centrebus, with a 40% stake held by Arriva. Despite the name, Centrebus Holdings did not own the Centrebus company.


Main article: Teamdeck

Teamdeck, trading as K-Line Travel, operate a number of services in the Huddersfield and Kirklees area. Most of their vehicles are sourced from the Arriva Bus & Coach dealership, the UK imported of VDL vehicles. At around the same time of the Stagecoach agreement, it was announced that Centrebus Holdings would take over K-Line.[2]

Centrebus HoldingsEdit

With the purchase of both Stagecoach and K-Line, Centrebus Holdings has become the second largest bus operator in Huddersfield, second to First West Yorkshire, whom Centrebus Holdings now rival. The company decided to retain the K-Line name, and operate the former Stagecoach services under the Huddersfield Bus Company name. However, employees had been asked for ideas of a new name, of which one could be the former County Motors name, taken over by Yorkshire Traction.[2]

In November 2009, it was announced that Centrebus Holdings would take over some contracted services previously run by First West Yorkshire in the Calderdale area, including Greetland, Halifax, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Stainland from January 2010. Unlike services in Huddersfield, most of the Calderdale services would run under the Centrebus name and take on the Centrebus identity, while the 536 and 537 is operated by Huddersfield Bus Company from their Waterloo depot and the 343 is operated by K-Line.[3] As a result, a new depot has been obtained in Elland for its Calderdale operations.[4]

The services that Centrebus Holdings obtained were:[5] [6] [7]

  • 343 Halifax-Huddersfield (operated by K-Line)
  • 528 Halifax-Rochdale
  • 531 Halifax-Ripponden via Copley
  • 534 Halifax-Northowram
  • 536/537 Halifax-Huddersfield (operated by Huddersfield Bus)
  • 557 Halifax-Ripponden/Rishworth (Commons also on last run)
  • 559 Halifax-Dean Head
  • 560 Halifax-Commons (early morning only)
  • 574 Halifax-Booth/Midgeley
  • 577 Halifax-Hubberton
  • 579 Halifax-Sowerby
  • 832 Halifax-West End

In April 2010, Centrebus Holdings obtained another service under the Huddersfield Bus Company division, taking over the 435/436 from Arriva. They also extended further by obtained three Leeds Bradford Airport bus services that were previously ran by First, the 737 and 747 to Bradford and the 757 to Leeds[8]. Like the Calderdale operations, these services were operated under the Centrebus name, although the services were originally registered under the Huddersfield Bus Company, they were later registered under the name White Rose Bus, with a depot on Kirkstall Road. The company would face competition as First continued to run the 757 service between the airport and Leeds railway station, while Centrebus ran to the bus station. However, Centrebus will be the only operator of the 757 from July 2010, when First canceled the service [9]. At the same time, Centrebus started to operate more services in the Bradford and Leeds areas, winning contracts from Metro for services previously run by First, while some services were be jointly operated by the two companies.

In October 2010, Centrebus's Elland depot took over the operation of three of Halifax Joint Committee's services in Halifax, the 28A, 34 and 36, while K-Line took over HJC's 31 service. 20 drivers from HJC transferred over to Centrebus.

Yorkshire Tiger Edit

In September 2013 Arriva bought out its partners and rebranded the company Yorkshire Tiger. Its fleet is painted with the brand identity, consisting of overall orange with tiger prints. Many of its contracted services in Calderdale fall under a new sub-brand, 'The Calder Cubs'. These are all operated with Optare Solo buses, which all have free wifi and USB plug sockets.

A fire at its Elland depot in December 2015 saw ten of its buses destroyed.

Flying Tiger Edit

n April 2014, Yorkshire Tiger's services to Leeds Bradford Airport (737, 747 and 757) began using the sub-brand Flying Tiger. For the 757 service from Leeds, new Optare Versa buses in a blue livery have been used and the service frequency increased to every 20 minutes. Existing Scania OmniCity buses used on routes 737 and 747 (Bradford to the airport and Bradford to Harrogate respectively) were also refurbished and rebranded.[21][22][23] In 2017, new Enviro 200 MMC vehicles were purchased for routes 737 and 747 with two Scania Omnicities staying on as spares, a new livery was also introduced and will also be applied to the Versa vehicles allocated to route 757.

Tiger Blue Edit

(formerly known as K-Line)[24] is a bus operator based in Honley, West Yorkshire. 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. 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.

Fleet Edit

Waterloo Depot

Fleet Recovery

  • 1 Ford Transit
  • 1 Vauxhall Astra

Elland Depot

  • Optare Solo
  • Optare Solo SR
  • Optare Versa
  • Wright Gemini
  • Plaxton President
Idle Depot
Tiger Blue


Centrebus Holdings run the following services in West Yorkshire:

NB Services operate as Centrebus, Huddersfield Bus Company or K-Line

No Company From To Via Notes
28A Yorkshire Tiger Halifax Highroad Well Thrum Hall Circular
Horsforth Holt Park
31 Tiger Blue Halifax Skircoat Green Calderdale Royal Hospital Weekdays only
34 Yorkshire Tiger Claremount Boothtown
36 Rye Lane Halifax Pellon
66 Tyersal Leeds Vicar Lane Pudsey, Old Farnley, Leysholme, Copley Hill Peak times only
80 Huddersfield Clayton West Waterloo, Lepton, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
81 Waterloo, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
82 Denby Dale Waterloo, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
83 Waterloo, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Denby
83A Scissett Waterloo, Lepton, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Denby, Denby Dale
84 Denby Dale Waterloo, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Cumberworth
84A Denby Dale Huddersfield Upper Denby, Shepley, Kirkburton, Lepton, Waterloo
85 Huddersfield Barnsley Waterloo, Highburton, Kirkburton, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Clayton West, Denby Dale, Cawthorne
85A Waterloo Highburton, Kirkburton, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett, Clayton West, Denby Dale, Cawthorne
231 Huddersfield Wakefield Waterloo, Lepton, Grange Moor, Flockton, Midgley, Netherton (Wakefield), Horbury Evening and Sunday journeys run by Arriva Yorkshire
232 Waterloo, Lepton, Emley, Flockton, Overton, Middlestown, Horbury Evening and Sunday journeys run by Arriva Yorkshire
241 Houses Hill Waterloo, Lepton
Grange Moor
262 Dewsbury Kirkheaton, Upper Heaton, Mirfield Evening and Sunday journeys run by Arriva Yorkshire
Tiger Blue Golcar Milnsbridge Circulars
Scapegoat Hill Milnsbridge, Britannia Road, Golcar Some morning journeys start from and some evening journeys continue to Pole Moor. Evening and Sunday journeys run by First
315 Honley Huddersfield Honley Bridge Early morning journeys only
323 Huddersfield Marten Nest Netherton (Huddersfield) One weekday journey from Huddersfield only
324B Meltham, Broadlands
340 Yorkshire Tiger Almondbury
341 Stocksmoor Almondbury, Farnley Tyas, Thurstonland
342 Almondbury Huddersfield Additional journeys run by First
343 Tiger Blue Huddersfield Halifax Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Blackley, Elland, Greetland
360 Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Brackenhall Huddersfield, Birkby
366 Balmoral Avenue Huddersfield, Thornton Lodge
368 Huddersfield Almondbury Lindley, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Milnsbridge, Newsome
Yorkshire Tiger Wakefield Holmfirth Calder Grove, Clayton West (436), Scissett, Skelmanthorpe (435), Denby Dale, Shepley, New Mill
528 Calder Cubs Halifax Rochdale Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Littleborough, Smallbridge
531 Ripponden Calderdale Royal Hospital, Copley, Sowerby Bridge, Mill Bank
534 Northowram Stump Cross
536 Huddersfield West Vale, Stainland, Outlane Evenings/Sundays only
537 Yorkshire Tiger Elland, Stainland, Outlane Evenings/Sundays plus early morning journeys. Other journeys run by First
539 Calder Cubs Stainland West Vale Two Saturday journeys
557 Ripponden Greetland, Norland (559), Barkisland Last journey runs to Commons
Rishworth via Ripponden (Evenings)
559 Scammonden Greetland, Norland, Barkisland
560 Commons Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Rishworth Early morning journeys only. Other journeys run by First
572 Southowram
574 Midgley Savile Park, Sowerby Bridge, Booth
577 Hubberton Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby, Boulderclough Runs a circular around Boulderclough and Hubberton.
579 Sowerby Sowerby Bridge Evenings only. Other journeys run by First
737 Flying Tiger Leeds Bradford Airport Bradford Yeadon, Guiseley, Baildon, Shipley, Frizinghall, Manningham
747 Harrogate Pannal, Huby, Pool, Leeds Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Rawdon, Apperley Bridge, Greengates, Bolton Bridge
757 Leeds Bradford Airport Leeds City bus station Rawdon, Horsforth, Kirkstall
781 Yorkshire Tiger Otley Leeds Infirmary Street Pool, Harewood, Moortown, Meanwood Only one return journey per day, no Sunday journeys
832 Calder Cubs Halifax Washer Lane, West End Runs in both directions
Tiger Blue Huddersfield Hebden Bridge Outlane, Pole Moor (900), Stainland (901), Barkisland, Ripponden, Cragg Vale
911 Meltham Honley, Farnley Tyas
933 Meltham Town Circular
951 Yorkshire Tiger Huddersfield Glossop Holmfirth, Holme Summer season only (May - August)
Connects with Bowers Service 61 to Buxton at Glossop
333 Tiger Blue Huddersfield FreeTownBus

See alsoEdit


  1. Buses Magazine - April 2008, "Stagecoach discusses possible Huddersfield depot sale to Arriva
  2. 2.0 2.1 Buses Magazine - June 2008, "Centrebus teams up with Arriva to rival First in Huddersfield"
  3. New bus network for rural South Calderdale. Metro. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.[dead link]
  4. Jobs cuts loom for First bus drivers in Huddersfield and Halifax. Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved on 2010-01-23.
  5. Consultation Changes to Bus Services in Rural Calderdale – January 2010 (PDF). Metro. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  6. Calderdale tendered service review (maps) (PDF). Metro. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  7. Changing Times January 2010 (PDF). Metro. Retrieved on 2010-01-07.
  8. New firms to take over Wharfedale and Aireborough bus routes. Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved on 2010-07-09.
  9. Changing Times July 2010 (PDF). Metro. Retrieved on 2010-01-07.

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