Denby Darts is the first step for transformed bus services


New name, new focus on local people –Transdev UK reveals step one on its roadmap to transform buses in Kirklees and Calderdale

It’s a bullseye on the buses in West Yorkshire! Denby Darts is the brand name which will begin Transdev’s Team Pennine’s transformation program for customers in Kirklees and Calderdale in northern UK from Sunday, 25 July.

From that date, an all-new service, Denby Darts, will link Denby Dale, Clayton West and Skelmanthorpe with Huddersfield – and this change will be much more than just a name.

The Denby Darts route will be run with a new-look fleet of bright pink buses brimming with customer-friendly features, launched as part of Team Pennine’s mission to create buses people are proud to be seen on.

Today’s announcement comes as preparations continue for Team Pennine’s takeover of the former Yorkshire Tiger bus network from the same date – and this is just the beginning for the area’s local bus services, with more improvements promised across the network.

From day one, we are here to make a positive impact for all of our new customers. Our transformation begins with Denby Darts, our first new branded bus route, which will launch on the first day we start running as Team Pennine.

The first thing everyone will notice is the orange buses between Denby Dale and Huddersfield will be replaced by smart new-look buses in our eye-catching bright pink livery – but this is much more than just a change of color.

On the inside, our Denby Darts buses will feature free Wi-Fi, USB power for mobile devices at each seat, audio visual next stop announcements to make sure no-one misses their stop, and comfortable seats with leather headrests. And, apart from a few morning rush hour changes to improve timekeeping, we’ll continue with the same route and times everyone is used to.

All of our improvements will come at no extra cost, as fares will remain unchanged, with the added bonus that we can now offer our wider selection of Transdev tickets, including our popular go-anywhere Daytripper and Gold ranges. We can’t wait to meet our new customers, and we’re looking forward to bringing them our new Denby Darts.

Alex Hornby, Transdev CEO in northern UK

Transdev’s acquisition of the Yorkshire Tiger business from Arriva will see 163 people based at two depots at Elland, near Halifax, and Waterloo in Huddersfield joining the new owner’s existing family of 1,200 staff at its eight existing operating centers across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Timetables for the new Denby Darts service and the full Team Pennine network will be available ahead of the launch online at

Further updates on Team Pennine can be found on Twitter @teampennine, and on Facebook ‘@TeamPennine’.

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