Arriva Yorkshire was formed as a combination of mergers of previous companies based in West and North Yorkshire.
In 1904 Yorkshire (West Riding) Electric Tramways began operating tram services in Wakefield followed in 1906 by Castleford. In November 1923 the West Riding Automobile Company began operating bus services in West Riding. It would be renamed West Riding Buses.
Both companies were acquired by the National Bus Company, along with Selby & District with the companies maintaining separate identities. In 1987 West Riding and Yorkshire Buses were sold in a management buyout to Caldaire. In 1994 South Yorkshire Road Transport, based in Pontefract, was purchased. The four companies were taken over by British Bus in 1995 which itself was purchased by Cowie Group in August 1996. All were rebranded under the Arriva brand in 1997.
Although the company is officially known as Arriva Yorkshire, the company is split into three sub-divisions with Yorkshire Woollen operating as Arriva Yorkshire West, West Riding and South Yorkshire Road Transport operating as Arriva Yorkshire and Selby & District operating as Arriva Yorkshire North.
Since May 2008 there has been a sister company in Huddersfield. Centrebus Holdings, in which Arriva held a 40% stake, was formed when the Huddersfield operations of Stagecoach Yorkshire was purchased along with the separate K-Line bus company. In September 2013 Arriva took full ownership of Centrebus Holdings and K-Line with the former rebranded Yorkshire Tiger.
A widely reported case concerned a gothic couple, Dani Graves and his fiancee Tasha Maltby, who wears a dog collar and lead. A driver had refused them travel and made comments to them, allegedly saying "We don't let freaks and dogs like you on."
Arriva Yorkshire has said "We take any allegations of discrimination very seriously" and is investigating the claims and the couple's complaints.
The company confirmed the couple were refused travel on two occasions due to "fears for passenger safety". In a statement the company addressed the issue, claiming that the dog lead was potentially dangerous. Arriva also said they would be writing to Mr Graves "to apologise for any distress caused by the way this matter was handled".
As at October 2013 the fleet consisted of 334 buses.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Companies House extract company no 84167 Arriva Yorkshire Limited formerly West Riding Automobile Company Limited
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Arriva Yorkshire History Arriva
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Companies House extract company no 2284553 Arriva Yorkshire West Limited formerly Yorkshire Woollen District Transport Company Limited
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Companies House extract company no 2225132 Arriva Yorkshire North Limited formerly Selby & District Bus Company Limited
- ↑ Companies House extract company no 2066896 Yorkshire Bus Holdings Limited formerly Caldaire Holdings Limited
- ↑ Companies House extract company no 1090790 Arriva Yorkshire South Limited formerly South Yorkshire Road Transport Limited
- ↑ Cowie Group plc and British Bus Group Limited: A report on the merger situation Competition Commission 31 October 1996
- ↑ Principal operating subsidiaries of British Bus Competition Commission 1997
- ↑ Stagecoach operation is sold - but not to Arriva Huddersfield Examiner 3 May 2008
- ↑ Centrebus (Holdings) Limited Arriva 9 September 2013
- ↑ Arriva takes joint venture control busandcoach.com 12 September 2013
- ↑ Arriva unleases its Yorkshire Tiger busandcoach.com 9 October 2013
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- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Arriva Yorkshire Sheffield Omnibus Enthusiasts Society 11 October 2013