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Transdev York is one of seven companies within the Blazefield Group. Blazefield is owned by Transdev, a large French transport operator and the sixth largest bus operator in the UK.

History

Formed in Summer 2008, Transdev York comprises the former Top Line Travel business which includes local school services and the York City Sightseeing franchise and the local bus operations of Veolia Transport. Both businesses were based at the same depot in Fulford near York, where the combined Transdev York operation is now operated from. This new operation further expands Transdev Blazefield's operations in the York area which include Yorkshire Coastliner's Leeds to Coast services and Harrogate & District's Harrogate Service. Buses are also available for hire for various events.

Bus routes

Local bus services

14 York City Centre - Burton Stone Lane - Clifton
14A York City Centre - Skelton Via St Wilfreds School, Bur Dyke Avenue & Rawcliffe
20/20A Askham Bar - Acomb - Clifton Moor - Monks Cross
24/26 Fulford - City Centre - Acomb/ Askham Bar


School services

37 York City Centre - Fulford School
37A York City Centre - Archbishop Holgate’s School


Racecourse shuttle

197 York Rail Station - York Race Course


City Sightseeing

York Tour Buses are operated by Transdev York under the City Sightseeing brand. The service offers hop on / hop off service with a number of stops across the historic city. Most buses have a pre-recorded CD commentary, however there is at least one bus per hour that uses a multilingual commentary via headphones, including a specialist children's commentary some buses carry a live guide in the summer season. There are two routes in the summer; Route A and Route B (though Route A is the only one that is running at present), each offer a clockwise circuit of the city with Route B serving the racecourse and Holiday Inn. Most buses are partially and fully open top, with three low floor vehicles recently introduced. City Sightseeing tours run all year round (except December 24-26 and January 1).

Fleet

Current Transdev York

Make Model Livery Number
Optare Slimline Solo Transdev York 4
Optare Solo M850 Transdev York 1
Optare Solo M920 Transdev York 2
Optare Versa Yorkshire Coastliner 6
Leyland Olympian Transdev York 2
Volvo B10BLE Transdev York 1
Volvo B7RLE Yorkshire Coastliner 1


Current CitySightseeing

All these vehicles carry York CitySightseeing Livery:

Make Model Open / Closed Top Number
MCW Metrobus Half Open Top 3
MCW Metrobus Full Open Top 1
MCW Metrobus Closed Top 1
Leyland Olympian Full Open Top 2
Leyland Olympian Half Open top 1
Dennis Trident 2 East Lancs Half Open Top 3


Previous Top Line Travel

These vehicles left the fleet in August 2008 when Top Line Travel became part of the Transdev Blazefield Group:

Make Model Capacity Number Notes
MCW Metrobus 71 Seats 3 Now sold
MCW Metrobus 105 Seats 1 Sold to Hilton, St Helens


Previous City Sightseeing

Make Model Open / Closed Top Number Notes
MCW Metrobus Full Open Top 1 Sold to City Sightseeing, San Franciscomarker, in June 2008
Leyland Atlantean Full Open Top 1 Sold to PVS, Dealer, Carlton, in May 2008


Fleet News

  • The Top Line Travel yellow/blue MCW Metrobuses, including the 105-seater, were stored at Blackburnmarker after Transdev took over. These have now been sold.


  • Not all of the Veolia vehicles were retained, a number of single and double deck vehicles have left the fleet.










  • Many buses are now gaining new LED rear tail lights.


Liveries

The company operates buses in two different liveries. Local bus services are operated in a red livery with Transdev branding and the York CitySightseeing livery which is red with illustrations of York landmarks and white Yorkshire roses. A number of vehicles entered the fleet in blue Yorkshire Coastliner livery in Spring 2009.

Fares

As well as Single and Return Fares, a number of fare saver tickets are available, such as Day Rovers, Ten Journey Tickets and "YO Zone", a half fare card for York residents aged 11–16. These exclude the City Sightseeing and the Raceday Shuttle services.

Although the Day Rovers are invalid on the CitySightseeing buses, the CitySightseeing tickets can be used up to the limits of the city on all Transdev York service buses and Yorkshire Coastliner services.

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