Yorkshire Tiger battles fire and flood

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Yorkshire Tiger battles fire and flood An Optare Solo from Yorkshire Tiger’s Tiger Blue operation maintaining service in Halifax on New Years Eve.

Floods plagued many operations over the festive period. Press reports abounded about buses’ trials and tribulations during the challenging weather. One of the operators that faced adverse conditions on several fronts was Arriva’s Yorkshire Tiger, which experienced flooding in the vicinity of one of its depots and a damaging fire at another,

According to its Twitter feed on 26 December 2015, flooding meant that services could not be run that morning. MD of Yorkshire Tiger, Thierry Couturier, said, ‘During the recent floods there were numerous bus routes affected across the region. Where possible we tried to operate services with minimal disruption, however some Yorkshire Tiger buses were unable to run due to severe local weather conditions. Communication with staff and customers is key during these times. We had a dedicated team focused on informing passengers by constantly updating our social media platforms.’

The fire took place at Elland depot the following day. Thierry said, ‘We confirm that there was a fire at our Elland depot late on Sunday 27 December. I am pleased to say there were no injuries. However, ten buses were destroyed. Clearly this incident is under investigation and we are working with the police and the fire service to establish the cause. We are also working to ensure we can continue to provide services for our customers by securing additional buses from sister depots. At this stage we are hoping all services will continue to operate uninterrupted.’

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