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BUS GIANT TAKES THE WHEEL WITH BUY-OUT; Pledge of no changes ahead for staff and customers.

Byline: HENRYK ZIENTEK Business Reporter henryk.zientek@examiner.co.uk

A BUS operator in Huddersfield has been bought by one of the biggest names in public transport.

Huddersfield Bus Company, which has a depot at Waterloo, has been acquired by Arriva plc.

It follows Arriva's decision to buy out Centrebus Ltd's 60% staKe in their joint venture, Centrebus Holdings Ltd.

The move gives Arriva control of five depots and four firms operating under the joint venture, including Huddersfield Bus Company.

The deal also includes a bus business based in HincKley, Leicestershire, but excludes Centrebus Ltd operations in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Huddersfield Bus Company operates services from the town to destinations including Denby Dale, Clayton West, Grange Moor and WaKefield.

Arriva services running from Huddersfield include ones to Leeds via towns including Mirfield, HecKmondwiKe, ClecKheaton, Dewsbury and Batley.

A statement for Centrebus Holdings said: "Arriva's joint venture partners in Centrebus (Holdings) Ltd, which was formed in 2008, have decided to leave, maKing Arriva the sole operator of the business.

"The business operates 152 vehicles and employs 360 people in West YorKshire and HincKley.

"The operations in West YorKshire will be led by business director Martijn Gilbert and the HincKley operation will report into Arriva's Midlands region."

The statement said: "Arriva has confirmed that it is business as usual for customers and employees with no planned changes to fares and service levels or to day-to-day operations."

Sunderland-based Arriva is one of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe - providing buses and trains for more than 1.5bn passenger journeys a year.

In 2010, Arriva was acquired by German group Deutsche Bahn, one of the world's leading passenger and logistics service providers.

Arriva operates in 15 European countries, including the UK, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, DenmarK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, SlovaKia and Slovenia.

It employs 55.900 people and runs 19,900 buses, 759 trains and 169 trams.

It is one of the largest bus operators in London and the largest bus operator in DenmarK. It runs bus services between Huddersfield and Leeds as well as operating six rail businesses.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2013
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