My local operator is Harrogate Connect, which was once part of the Blazefield group. As Harrogate & District which in 1987 formed from the splitting up of the West Yorkshire Road Car Company, as part of the AJS Holdings group. In 1991 AJS passed to Blazefield, who then built up a reputation of high quality bus services and image. Using a simple livery and route branding, this began to show signs of great improvement of ridership. This lead to investment within the group, from former National Bus Company Leyland Nationals and Olympians to newer Volvo B6 and B10 saloons. The 36 is the main trunk route serving Ripon and Leeds, via Harrogate and Harewood House, in 1996 the route became all under H&D's operational control. Services into Knaresborough, Wetherby and local areas were run from a new depot in Starback, just outside of Harrogate. In 2007 Transdev made a second successful bid for the profit making Blazefield operation, which it still runs today. However the services have seen reduction due to several factors, but buses still run on the Leeds-Ripon, Wetherby-Leeds and Knaresborough routes. After several years of a red and cream based livery Harrogate buses were given a new livery of butterscotch and burgundy, during 2010. By the end of 2013 the new 'Harrogate Connect' black and red scheme was carried on to the normal service buses. The 36 double deckers gaining a mid life overhaul and refurbishment, with newer front ends with a still distinctive black livery.
Here are my personal views on bus activity in my area and beyond