For several years the Huddersfield depot has seen its fair share of First Group UK fleet cascades into service around the town. The last real investment into bus for Huddersfield happened in 1994/5 when Dennis Dart/Plaxton Pointers and Dennis Lance/Plaxton Verde saloons arrived. These were followed some years later by a batch of Wright bodied Scania saloons, however these lasted a few months as they were reused as rail replacement buses.
Eventually Lowfloor buses arrived during the later part of the first decade of the 21st century, these were Volvo B7TLs with Alexander ALX400 and Wrights Gemini double deckers. However during 2013 the first real brand new Volvo B7RLE/Wrights saloons were earmarked for Huddersfield operation, these arrived and have settled into service. The B7RLE replaced the Pan-European offset engine chassis B7 range of saloons, the engine mounted on the off-side of the bus at the rear. First ordered a large batch of the B7 saloon, during 2002/3 year order for buses, with vehicles shared between Leeds and York.
In 2013 First announced a large order from 270 plus Wrights Streetlite Max saloons, with a mix of diesel and Mirco Hybrid models. First in South Yorkshire, First Essex and First Manchester acquired the Streetlites, after months of trials in each area. Using a solitary Streetlite for evaluation, as it turnout all these trial buses were passed onto South Yorkshire.
In 2014 as most of the Streetlites were now in service in key areas, ten standard Streelites arrived at Old Fieldhouse Lane in Huddersfield, during the closing days of October 2014. These buses were used around town for driver training, by October 30th two Streetlites were in service in Huddersfield. It is hoped that all ten would be in service during the first week in November, to combat the introduction of 'Tiger Blue' services. That is another tale for another blog.
Here are my personal views on bus activity in my area and beyond