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Stagecoach Yorkshire acquired some East Lancs-bodied Scania N113s from Yorkshire Traction. This is 28650 (K413 MSL).
Parent Stagecoach Group plc
Founded 14 December 2005
Headquarters Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Service area Yorkshire
Service type Bus
Hubs Barnsley
Fleet Optare Solo
Volvo B10M
Alexander Dennis Trident
Alexander Dennis Pointer
Volvo Olympian
Leyland Olympian
Operator Stagecoach Group
Web site Official Website

Stagecoach Yorkshire is an operating division of Stagecoach UK Bus.

It was formed in 2005 to take over the former Traction Group fleets in Yorkshire by Stagecoach Group, which took over Traction from Frank Carter on 14 December 2005; Yorkshire Traction, Yorkshire Terrier and Barnsley & District. Barnsley & District was closed and absorbed into Yorkshire Traction in July 2006. Yorkshire Traction now operates as Stagecoach Yorkshire, whilst Yorkshire Terrier now operates as Stagecoach Sheffield.



Traction Group was formed in 1986, when Barnsley-based Yorkshire Traction was sold to its management and employees, led by Frank Carter. In 2000 Sheffield-based Yorkshire Terrier was taken over along with the operations of Andrews, South Riding, Sheffield Omnibus, and Kingsman, all in Sheffield, which all competed with Mainline in the city.

Barnsley & District was formed in July 1990 when Traction bought Tom Jowitt Travel of Tankersley. It was enlarged in 1992 when Pride of The Road, Royston was purchased, and in 1995, when the bus operations of Globe of Barnsley were taken over.

Mainline was sold to First Group, became First Mainline and then First South Yorkshire. It still competes with Stagecoach Yorkshire and Stagecoach Sheffield today, which brings Britain's largest two bus groups into competition with each other.

From Sunday 20 May 2008 the company is operating a brand new bus service across Barnsley and South Yorkshire. There have been a number of changes which are a presented as a bid to improve the service but in reality represent major service reductions. Many cross-border services into West Yorkshire have been withdrawn, especially between Barnsley and the Huddersfield areas, a former Yorkshire Traction stronghold.

Following rumours that Arriva would purchase Stagecoach's Huddersfield operations, in May 2008, it was announced that Centrebus Holdings would buy the division. This company is a partnership between the Centrebus owner and Arriva, who hold a 40% stake.



Stagecoach Yorkshire run coaches on behalf of National Express. This is Caetano Levante 59205, seen in Southampton coach station, on route 310 to Bradford.

Stagecoach Yorkshire's vehicles are mainly varied. Traction Group was known for a lot of variety among its bus fleet; Yorkshire Traction's fleet included the unique KIRN Mogul with East Lancashire Flyte body, a large fleet of Scania buses dating back to the 1990s, which were relatively rare then, and Traction has been the only major buyer of MAN 14.220s, all with East Lancs Myllennium bodies. Many more rare vehicles operate in the fleet, as well as more familiar vehicles, such as Dennis Darts, with Plaxton and Alexander bodies, low-floor Dart SLFs and Volvo B6BLEs with East Lancashire Spryte bodies, plus some ex-Blazefield Volvo B10Bs and B10BLEs with Wright bodies and Alexander ALX200-bodied Volvo B6LEs.

The company's last MCW Metrobuses were withdrawn in the first quarter of 2007[1].

Terrier's fleet is a bit more standardised with East Lancashire Spryte-bodied Dennis Darts and Volvo B6BLEs, East Lancashire Myllennium-bodied DAF SB220s, a single low-floor Volvo B6 with Plaxton Pointer bodywork, and now 10 Alexander Dennis Pointer Darts. More recently, 25 MAN 18.240s with Alexander ALX300 bodywork joined the fleet, replacing all the remaining Alexander Dash-bodied Volvo B6s, and allowing the single low-floor Plaxton Pointer example to be cascaded (first to Doncaster, then to Barnsley where it currently resides).

Since Stagecoach takeover, 20 new Alexander Dennis Pointer Darts have entered service at Rawmarsh and Ecclesfield, of which 17 of the 20 are branded for routes 88, and 108/9, along with seven MCV Evolutions at Rawmarsh and 30 Alexander ALX300-bodied MAN 18.240s (25 at Sheffield and the remaining 5 to Barnsley).


  1. ^ Goodbye to the double-deckers Sheffield Today by the Sheffield Star (Retrieved 23 January 2007)

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