A new bus operator is aiming to hit the bullseye in parts of Huddersfield.
Transdev will take over Yorkshire Tiger’s bus routes from Sunday July 25.
Transdev’s acquisition of the Yorkshire Tiger business from Arriva will see 163 people based at two depots in Waterloo in Huddersfield and Elland joining the firm’s 1,200 staff at its eight existing operating centres across Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Transdev’s local operations will be known as Team Pennine and there’s a new name for the 233 route which links Denby Dale, Clayton West and Skelmanthorpe to Huddersfield. The route will be called Denby Darts!
Team Pennine promises that the change will be much more than just a name.
The Denby Darts route will be run with a new-look fleet of bright pink buses brimming with customer-friendly features, launched as part of Team Pennine’s mission to create buses people are proud to be seen on.
Transdev says this is just the beginning for the area’s local bus services, with more improvements promised across the network.
Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “From day one, we are here to make a positive impact for all of our new customers.
“Our transformation begins with Denby Darts, our first new branded bus route, which will launch on the first day we start running as Team Pennine.
“The first thing everyone will notice is the orange buses on the current service 233 between Denby Dale and Huddersfield will be replaced by smart new-look buses in our eye-catching bright pink livery – but this is much more than just a change of colour.
“On the inside, our Denby Darts buses will feature free wi-fi, USB power for mobile devices at each seat, audio visual next stop announcements to make sure no-one misses their stop, and comfortable seats with leather headrests.
“And, apart from a few morning rush hour changes to improve timekeeping, we’ll continue with the same route and times everyone is used to.
“All of our improvements will come at no extra cost, as fares will remain unchanged, with the added bonus that we can now offer our wider selection of Transdev tickets, including our popular go-anywhere Daytripper and Gold ranges.
“We can’t wait to meet our new customers, and we’re looking forward to bringing them our new Denby Darts.”
Transdev has operating centres in Harrogate, York, Malton, Bradford and Keighley. The company also has Lancashire operations based in Blackburn, Rochdale and Burnley.
Timetables for the new Denby Darts D1 service and the full Team Pennine network will be available ahead of the launch online at www.teampennine.co.uk.
Further updates on Team Pennine can be found on Twitter @teampennine and on Facebook ‘@TeamPennine.’