A new stop for Blazefield

Ian Briggs

GLOBAL bus company Transdev has bought Blazefield Group, which runs Harrogate & District, Yorkshire Coastliner and Keighley & District services, for an undisclosed sum.

The companies have become part of a group which carries three million passengers a day across France, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

The Blazefield Group, run by Giles Fearnley and Stuart Wilde, also includes Lancashire United and Burnley and Pendle bus companies.

Blazefield, based in Harrogate, will keep its name and Mr Fearnley and Mr Wilde will stay on as chief executive and managing director respectively.

The company, which runs 305 vehicles and and has an annual turnover of 33m, employs 850 staff. No redundancies are planned.

Transdev, which has an annual turnover of 170m, also operates bus services in Bournemouth, London and is a shareholding partner in Nottingham City Transport bus company.

It also operates the Nottingham tram in partnership with Nottingham City Transport and has won the contract for the new Edinburgh tram.

Mr Fearnley said: “This development will be a really positive development for the Blazefield staff and services and will enable us to go from strength to strength.”

“We intend to stay with the business and neither of us will be walking away from the great operation and people that work for Blazefield and have been instrumental in our success.”

Charlie Beaumont, the new chairman of the Blazefield Group and chief operating officer of Transdev in the UK, said: “Blazefield are a company that we have admired for some time and have dealt with in the past.”