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Veolia Transdev expands in York

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Veolia Transdev is taking over the local bus services and city sightseeing tour operated by York Pullman. The deal, to be completed later this month, involves 17 vehicles and 31 York Pullman employees. York Pullman will maintain its coach and contract operations. The acquisition takes Veolia Transdev’s York fleet to 49 buses.

Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Veolia Transdev, says: “This acquisition enables us to use the resources of Veolia Transdev to further develop our business in York at a time when the local council view bus services as a key part of their plan to ‘Get York Moving’. This is particularly relevant on the University route where we see our style of a high-quality branded service to students and staff as an important part of encouraging more people to travel by bus. The expansion of our general route network will also provide further benefits to our passengers and staff”  

Tom James, managing director of York Pullman, adds: “We have worked very hard in developing our services and I am confident this success can be further enhanced by one of the leading bus industry operators. I can now concentrate all my energies on the further development our 50-vehicle contract and private hire business.”

Veolia Transdev operates the former Blazefield businesses in Yorkshire, including the Yorkshire Coastliner service which links York with Leeds, Scarborough and Bridlington. It also operates the York City Sightseeing franchise, with which York Pullman competed, and some local bus services in the city.

York Pullman was set up by K&J Travel of Rufford in 2007, reviving the name of a business which had served the city from the 1920s to the start of the 1990s. One of its services is a link to the University, set up in 2010 with the University’s backing and in competition with First York’s StreetCar-operated ‘ftr’ service.

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