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Keighley Bus Company

Keighley Bus Company
Transdev logo.svg
Transdev Keighley bus 1844 (FJ08 BZR).jpg
Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7RLE
in October 2011
Parent Transdev Blazefield
Headquarters Keighley
Service area West Yorkshire
Service type Bus services
Routes 27 (October 2013)
Hubs Keighley
Bradford
Leeds
Skipton
Ilkley
Otley
Fleet 113 (October 2013)
Website www.keighleybus.co.uk

The Keighley Bus Company[1] is a bus operator based in Keighley, West Yorkshire. It is a subsidiary of Transdev Blazefield. Commencing in July 2016, the business is progressively being rebranded from Transdev in Keighley.

History

Brönte Bus in Haworth in 2016

Keighley & District was part of West Yorkshire Road Car Company[2] owned by Tilling & British Automobile Traction.

In 1948, along with other companies that were then part of the Tilling Group, West Yorkshire Road Car Company was nationalised. In 1968 West Yorkshire Road Car Company became part of the National Bus Company.[3]

In 1987 West Yorkshire Road Car Company was sold in a management buyout to former East Yorkshire Motor Services managing director Alan Stephenson's AJS Group and in December 1988 split into smaller companies, one of which was Keighley & District Travel Limited.[1][3]

In 1991 Keighley & District Travel was one of a number of AJS Group subsidiaries sold to Blazefield Travel.[4][5][6][7]

In January 2006 Keighley & District Travel was included in the sale of Blazefield Travel to Transdev.[8][9] Keighley & District was rebranded as Transdev in Keighley. Starting from July 2016, the company is again being rebranded, this time as the Keighley Bus Company.[10]

As of 20 September 2017, The Keighley Bus Company is also operating route 8 between Selby and Drax after the fall of Utopia Coaches.

Services

As of October 2016, the Keighley Bus Company operates 35 routes.[11]

The key marketed service is The Shuttle 662, which operates between Keighley and Bradford via Bingley. The Keighley Bus Company also operates the marketed 'Dalesway' 66 service between Keighley and Skipton.

The Keighley Bus Company operates services from Keighley bus station around town and interurban routes to Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley, Hebden Bridge and Skipton as well as various school services.

In 2016, the Keighley Bus Company gained the contract for routes 963 (Wharfedale Hospital to Holt Park, 966 (Yeadon/Guiseley circular) and 967 (Leeds Bradford Airport to Menston). It uses the brand "Wharfedale Links" for these services. The Keighley Bus Company did then gain the route 965 (Otley/Weston Circular) from First Leeds. [12]

Fleet

As at October 2013 the fleet consisted of 113 buses.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 2113404 Keighley & District Limited
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 91413 Welwyn & Hatfield Line Bus Company Limited formerly AJS Developments Limited formerly West Yorkshire Road Car Company Limited
  3. ^ a b A brief history Harrogate Bus Company
  4. ^ Companies House extract company no 2188825 Blazefield Travel Group Limited
  5. ^ AJS sells remaining bus firms Commercial Motor August 1991
  6. ^ Jenkinson, Keith A (1999). Small is Beautiful, The Story of the AJS Group and Blazefield Holdings. Autobus Review Publications. ISBN 0907834426. 
  7. ^ First for Fearnley in UK Bus move Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Bus & Coach Professional 26 January 2011
  8. ^ Transdev acquires Blazefield Group Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Bus & Coach Professional 7 January 2006
  9. ^ A new stop for Blazefield Yorkshire Post 9 January 2006
  10. ^ "Transdev rolls out two more rebrands" Buses Magazine issue 738 September 2016 page 9
  11. ^ Timetables Keighley Bus Company
  12. ^ [www.keighleybus.co.uk]
  13. ^ Fleet list Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. West Yorkshire Information Page

External links

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