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Bus 18 plan to transform West Yorkshire bus services

West Yorkshire bus services that are more reliable, easier to use, customer focused and better for the environment are the key aims of the Bus 18 initiative launched today (Friday 24 March).

Your quick guide to how we're running this Easter

The daffodils are starting to spring up, the grass suddenly looks green again, and that big yellow ball in the sky is finally beginning to poke through the clouds. Yes, Easter is here, and we've got a cracking selection of things for you to see and do.

The clocks go forward this weekend - don't get left behind!

It's that time of year again. The daffodils are out, the mornings are getting brighter and the trees are finally turning green again.

Life is about choices.

We're faced with tough choices every day of our lives. Often, it's as difficult as choosing between tea or coffee. Should we order a curry tonight, grab a chinese or head out into town instead? 

Conyngham Hall car park is closed for 3 weeks - it's time to try the 1!

One of the largest car parks in Knaresborough, Conyngham Hall car park, is closing until the end of March.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Superhero bus driver!

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, or Spiderman…everyone has their favourite comic book hero!

New departure stands at Leeds bus station

As part of the work which has taken place to improve Leeds city bus station, our buses on the 36 and 770 & 771 will soon be using new departure stands.

Diversions on the 3 through Jennyfield

From Monday 6 March, the 3 will use a different route around Jennyfield whilst roadworks take place on Harewood Road. The diversion will be in place for around 3 weeks. 

Diversions on the 770 around Follifoot

From Monday 6 March, Yorkshire Water will be digging up the roads in Follifoot. This means that the road between Follifoot and Spofforth will be closed for around 5 weeks. 

We have a dream

We're delighted to reveal our bold and powerful vision to transform Harrogate into a UK leader in clean and green public transport.

We're making some changes to tickets in Harrogate

From Sunday 19 February, we're making a number of changes to our tickets across Harrogate.

A speedier, simpler 770 & 771

We're bringing you more faster buses between Wetherby and Harrogate.

Diversions in Wetherby due to roadworks

There are roadworks taking place on Westgate in Wetherby from Monday 9 January. As a result, some of our buses will be diverted. 

Moving with the times in Harrogate - some changes from 19 Feb

Here at The Harrogate Bus Company we want to bring you the best buses possible. You tell us that the your number one demand is being on time, and we have looked where we have experienced some timing issues due to increased traffic congestion, and will be making some alterations to improve things. So, from 19 February we'll be making some changes to a few of our routes.

Our award-winning stars are simply amazing!

They're simply the best – meet the winners of our first ever Amazing Awards!

Season tickets get simpler in Harrogate

From Sunday 30 October, we're simplifying the range of season tickets within Harrogate to make it easier for you to decide which the best ticket is for you. We're also extending the range of some of our tickets, so you'll be able to even travel further - for less than ever before!

Here at last - the new Victoria Leeds

The amazing new Victoria Leeds shopping experience is here at last.

Get your Victoria fix on the 36

The first season of ITV's hit period drama starring Jenna Coleman as Victoria has now wrapped up, and if you've been as hooked watching it as we have, you'll have been left with a huge monarch-shaped hole in your life.

23 medals. One amazing bus.

The 36, Yorkshire's famous top-class bus route between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds, is how winners choose to travel – and now, we have the most amazing photo to prove it!

Changes to our buses in Harrogate from Sunday 4 September

From Sunday 4 September, we're making some changes to our routes in and around Harrogate. These are mostly timetable changes to improve our punctuality for you, however there are some important changes coming to the 36.

WE. LISTEN. Changes to the 36 from 4 September

We're proud to listen to you, our customers on the 36, so we're making some important changes following your feedback.

Leeds Pride Parade - Sunday 7 August

The Leeds Pride Parade will be taking place on Sunday 7 August, and as a result some of the roads around the city will be closed during the afternoon.

It’s your travel - have your say

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), alongside local bus operators, are holding public drop-in sessions to talk about the plans for bus travel in West Yorkshire over the next 20 years. Together, we are developing a twenty year vision for an integrated transport network that supports sustained and healthy economic growth throughout the Leeds city region and beyond.

Amazing buses for the 1

Have you spotted one of our amazing refreshed buses out and about on the 1 yet?

Powering ahead with electric buses for Harrogate

We're proud to announce that customers in Harrogate can soon look forward to cleaner, greener journeys, thanks to a winning bid to transform our services with brand new, 100% electric buses.

Sunday times get better for the 770 and 771

We've made some changes to the 770 and 771 on Sundays. The new times should mean our reliability improves and you spend less time waiting at the bus stop. You can view the new timetable here.

Use your loaf and go by bus

Employees have been invited to try our bus services across the North as we get behind, Catch the Bus Week, a national campaign to boost bus travel.

Catch the bus week invades local employers

We're invading local employers across the north to spread the word about Catch the Bus Week. 

New locally bought buses coming to Lancashire and Yorkshire

We've started to take delivery of our £4 million order of new buses which have all  been designed and manufactured in Yorkshire at innovative bus specialists Optare. The 28 single deck Versa and Solo buses, which pride themselves on having the very latest on-board technology, will go into service across Yorkshire and Lancashire from the end of June.

The 36 goes contactless

Transport minister, Andrew Jones MP helped us launch the introduction of contactless payments on the 36 which will go live this Saturday. The 36 is one of the first bus services outside of London to offer contactless to its customers.

Knaresborough bed race

On the 11 June the annual bed race rolls into Knaresborough once again. Make sure you get a good spot to watch the race by jumping on the 1 from Harrogate every 7-8 minutes or catch our free Park and Ride from GSPK car park on Manse Lane, whcih will take you to Knaresbrough Town Centre.  

The 36 in pioneering partnership for more convenient bus travel.

We have teamed up with First Bus in Leeds to offer a '£1 add on' ticket for destinations in the Leeds city area for customers heading into Leeds from Ripon and Harrogate.
 
We have joined forces so customers on the 36, can now buy one ticket on board which will let them travel into Leeds and then beyond the city centre to destinations served by frequent First buses.

Such destinations available on the £1 add-on ticket include the main city hospitals and universities, Elland Road for Leeds FC and the popular White Rose shopping centre.
 
It is one of the first times such an arrangement has been created in West Yorkshire.
 
Alex Hornby our CEO said, “We're delighted to be working with First Bus on this voluntary partnership initiative. We've already invested £3.3 million in top-spec buses on the 36 this year, but we're committed to go even further for our customers.
 
"Independent research showed that some of our customers on the route travel further afield beyond Leeds city centre, and this lets them plan their onward journey from the outset very easily, and at an attractive price.
 
"Offering this ticket is in the name of making bus travel simple and more convenient for our customers which obviously remains one of our top priorities.”

Paul Turner, Head of Commercial for First West Yorkshire said, "The £1 add-on ticket gives customers even better access to Leeds as well as key destinations including St James' Hospital and the White Rose Centre. This is a great example of partnership working between operators to put the customer at the heart of the bus network."
 
The 'add on' ticket costs £1 and can be bought from the 36 driver alongside any single, return or day ticket.

Jasmine shines at Local Hero Awards

We were proud to present Jasmine Haynesworth from Ilkley with the Guardian of the Year trophy at the Stray FM Local Hero Awards last week.

More people set to enjoy the 1A to Boroughbridge from 29 May

The hourly bus direct to Boroughbridge from Harrogate and Knaresborough will stay as it is, but alternate buses will now go to the surrounding villages, connecting more people in the area. The other trips will continue to go fast along the motorway.

Let the new Little Explorers take you on a big adventure across Yorkshire

The Little Explorers is our new brand from 29 May, bright in yellow (you can't miss them!) with friendly drivers that will take you far and wide across North Yorkshire.

Bank Holiday day trips

Its Bank Holiday weekend, so there's three days to make the most of. It's time for day trip!

Road closure on the 1C in Carmires

We're taking a diversion on the 1C through Carmires due to resurfacing works.