The eye of the Yorkshire Tiger

near Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, UK
In just six months, Arriva has developed a thriving small business along with an excellent brand. Yes, Yorkshire Tiger – an entirely new approach to the way business is run and portrayed to any other of the big groups. It has retained its ex-Centrebus operation as a separate business, and given it free rein outside the group – using a fresh new approach and identity to benefit the community.

Yorkshire Tiger Dennis Tident 2/Alexander ALX400 X267 NNO (892) photographed outside Leeds Bus & Coach Station

When Centrebus decided to exit its joint venture Centrebus Holdings last year, the solution for Arriva (the 40% partner) was to create a new ‘standalone’ unit to run it. This taking place on the 9th September 2013.

The Bus to the Pub returns, now serving Manchester too!

near Hazel Grove, Stockport, UK
Saturday 10th May 2014 sees the return of the North Manchester CAMRA organised Bus to the Pub tour, this year the route is visiting Manchester and Trafford too, it's a one day event so don't miss out! The service is operated by double deckers from the Network Warrington fleet, with the first bus leaving Eccles just before noon.

Excuse our photograph choice, due to lack of double deck photo's we've included a photo of DK56 MLX instead.

The service will operate every hour until 9pm, following a 28 mile route through Ordsall, Higher Broughton, Gorton, Chorlton and Urmston, returning to Eccles two hours later. There are eleven stops on the route, serving more than eighteen pubs, and offering a choice of about three dozen different real ales.

JPT lives to serve another day!

near Bidston, Birkenhead, Prenton, Merseyside CH43, UK
It could have been a very sad time for people of Middleton, who nearly lost another much loved little bus company at the end of the week, after somewhat dismayed employees took to social media to air their concerns about the high possibility of becoming unemployed at the end of the trading week.

Photographed on Rochdale Road in Manchester is this JPT Bus Company Volvo B10L with Wright Liberator bodywork.
It is registered R873 LHG with the fleet number of 433 on service 118 to Manchester city centre.

JPT Bus Company had today however advised Transport for Greater Manchester that they will continue to operate its tendered and commercial services as normal, which I'm sure will come with a sigh of relief from regular passengers who continue to use their bus services throughout the city and beyond.

More Green Buses for Manchester

near Wigan, UK
Stagecoach Manchester has further increased its green credentials by introducing 38 new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H electric-hybrids into service throughout the city. The award-winning company's fleet of hybrids boast carbon dioxide reductions of up to a third over the course of one year, compared to a standard bus.

One of the 11 brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H pauses for passengers on Oxford Road.

The latest batch of deliveries brings the total hybrid buses in the Manchester fleet up to 128, meaning that over a quarter of Stagecoach Manchester's Enviro400s are of the hybrid variant. The introduction of the Hybrid fleet follows grants of almost £10 million from the government's Green Bus Fund which supports low-carbon public transport throughout the country.

The RedRocket Express Recommences

near Bidston, Birkenhead, Prenton, Merseyside CH43, UK
The popular RedRocket Express service that connects Blackpool with Manchester will resume for take off with it's new daily timetable on the 3rd May 2014. The service was first introduced by Classic Bus North West on the 4th October 2013, sadly Classic Bus ceased trading on the 20th December 2013 and sister company Oakwood Travel Services took over the business in a pre-pack business takeover package shortly afterwards.

RedRocket Express Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro G BD52 LNU (MAL41) at Blackpool Coach Station back in 2013
Photograph courtesy of Paul McKenna

Standard fares start from £10.00 for an adult single with day returns available for £12.00, period returns are £15.00 and offer return travel up to three months after your outward journey. There is a slight reduction of £2.00 on returns for senior persons and students aged 16 to 19, although there is no information on reduced fares for disabled persons' concessionary pass holders.