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Parent Stagecoach Group
Founded 2006
Headquarters Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Service area Sheffield
Service type Bus
Hubs Sheffield, Crystal Peaks, Sheffield Interchange, Meadowhall Interchange, Woodhouse, Halfway Hillsborough Interchange
Stations Sheffield Interchange, Meadowhall
Fleet Optare Solo
Volvo B10M
Alexander Dennis Trident
Alexander Dennis Pointer
Volvo Olympian
Leyland Olympian
Operator Stagecoach Group
Web site Official Website

Stagecoach Sheffield Ltd is a bus operator based in Sheffield, England, a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group. It was formed from the Sheffield based operations of the Yorkshire Traction Group, purchased by Stagecoach in 2005. Most bus services in Sheffield are operated by Stagecoach Sheffield or First South Yorkshire.

Stagecoach Sheffield services are marketed alongside the Sheffield Supertram, operated by Stagecoach since 1997. Stagecoach Sheffield also operate the related SupertramLink bus.

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History

The Yorkshire Traction Group was a large independent bus operator that had grown out of bus deregulation in the UK. The Yorkshire Traction company had been privatised in 1987 as one of the National Bus Company, and from its base in Barnsley, as the Traction Group had gone on to expand its operations across West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside, as well as buying up small operators in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Terrier was an independent post-deregulation bus company that had been formed in 1988 operating in Sheffield, and had also expanded itself with acquisition of some smaller operators within Sheffield.

In 1995, Terrier was bought by the Traction Group, and by 1998 all of their combined operations in Sheffield had been brought under the Terrier green and white identity (although trading as Andrews of Sheffield, one of Traction's Sheffield acquisitions).

On 14 December 2005 Stagecoach Group purchased the Yorkshire Traction Group, and by May 2006 the Terrier fleet was being converted into the Stagecoach Sheffield indentity.[1]

Fleet

In June 2006, fourteen new buses arrived in Sheffield and entered service in July. These included ten brand new Dennis Dart SLF vehicles with pink "Route 88" branding, plus four other Dart SLFs from Stagecoach Manchester. Buses on routes 52, 83 and 120 also received the new branding, in sky-blue, blue and lime green respectively.

Commencing in Easter 2007, a batch of 25 MAN 18.240 buses with Alexander Dennis ALX300 bodywork arrived at the Ecclesfield depot to work the 83 and 88 routes. 30 were ordered for Sheffield, to displace the 10 Darts new in June onto other routes, but the last 5 were diverted to Barnsley for the Stagecoach Yorkshire fleet (subsequently receiving branding for Service 11). Therefore the Darts remained in operation on Service 88. These allowed the ageing Volvo B6 buses to be withdrawn, making the Sheffield fleet entirely low-floor.

Stagecoach in Sheffield

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Services & Routes

Stagecoach in Mansfield operates route 53 from Sheffield Interchange to Mansfield

SupertramLink

The Supertram livery

Stagecoach Sheffield operates the SupertramLink bus that extends the Stagecoach Supertram yellow line northwards during the day. The service runs from the Middlewood park and ride site at the northern yellow line terminus, to Stocksbridge town approximately 5 miles away, via Oughtibridge and the A6102. It is operated as a high frequency limited stop service, using Optare Solo midibuses in Supertram livery, linked to the tram control room.[2]

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