Harrogate Connect arrived in 2012 with the eight Optare Versa saloons which are use on several local routes. The brand was then extended during 2013 with the use of the Knaresborough road, Wetherby and Pateley Bridge routes. To help with the 36 vehicle rotation rota, others buses have been used. This has often led to various saloons being used at peak times on the 36 from Leeds to Harrogate. However with the Burnley Witch Way X43 service gaining new deckers in October 2013. The original WW vehicles were sent away for overhaul and repaint, with most heading for Blackburn and use on the Bolton-Preston service 152, with one remaining at Burnley. 2763 & 2764 were dispatched for overhaul, refurbishment and repaint into the Harrogate Connect livery, which saw the buses out of action until arrival in Harrogate in February 2014. Both buses were awaiting the final finishing touches, such as additional decals and CoF certificates, all of which saw 2763 enter service on February 20th 2014. The bus is pictured here in Harrogate town centre working the Ripon bound 36, looking very fresh and new in the Harrogate Livery.
Here are my personal views on bus activity in my area and beyond