An Arriva Midlands bus in the new corporate livery in August 2017
|Parent||Arriva UK Bus|
|Headquarters||Westmoreland Avenue, Thurmaston|
|Service area|| East Midlands |
|Service type||Bus services|
|Chief executive||Simon Mathieson|
Arriva Midlandsis a bus operator providing services in the East Midlands and West Midlands areas of England. It is a subsidiary of Arriva UK Bus.
In September 1981 Midland Red Northwas formed with 230 buses operating from six depots in Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands as part of the breakup of the Midland Red bus company. In May 1983 the Ludlow depot was closed. In January 1988 Midland Red North was sold to the Drawlane Transport Group. In November 1992 it was sold to British Bus which in August 1996 was sold to the Cowie Group.
In 2003 the Arriva Midlands North garages in Crewe, Macclesfield and Winsford were transferred to Arriva North West. The remaining parts of Arriva Midlands North were combined with Arriva Derby and Arriva Fox County to form Arriva Midlands. Buses still operate with Arriva Midlands North legal name (except Burton upon Trent which used Stevensons of Uttoxeter).
In February 2007 the business of Chase Coaches was purchased with 27 buses with operations integrated into Arriva's Cannock depot.In late 2007 a new ChaseLinx brand (similar to the Leicester Linx brand below) was introduced, reflecting the purchase of Chase Coaches.
In December 2007 Swadlincote depot closed with operations transferred to Burton upon Trent. In August 2008 the Hinckley depot and services were sold to Centebus Holdings.In January 2009 Shifnal depot closed while in the same month Bridgnorth reopened.
In December 2010 the business of Wardle Transport, Stoke-on-Trent was purchased with 64 buses,followed in June 2011 by the Staffordshire operations of D&G Bus with 30 buses that was integrated with Wardle Transport and in August 2012 Midland of Wednesfield from D&G Bus with 61 buses.
In May 2015, D&G Bus purchased Wardle transport back from Arriva Midlands with 19 buses.
In April 2016, Arriva confirmed it was in talks to sell its Burton upon Trent based services to Midland Classic.The deal took effect on 27 August 2016 with 30 buses and 80 staff transferring.
On 23 April 2017 the Wednesfield depot closed with some services passing to Diamond Buses with nine vehicles and the remainder of vehicles reallocated to other depots.The depot had only reopened in March 2013 after a refurbishment.
In 2017, four Arriva Shires & Essex depots (Milton Keynes, Luton, Aylesbury and High Wycombe), and their routes, were transferred into the management of Arriva Midlands. The vehicles were renumbered in late 2018 and early 2019 to avoid multiple vehicles having the same fleet numbers.
Arriva announced that from 1 April 2018 that no buses from their Cannock depot would run during the evenings and Sundays as a result of Staffordshire County Council funding cuts.Hundreds signed an online petition within the first week, which quickly lead to thousands including backing from two local MPs.
In November 2020 it was announced that the Cannock Depot would be sold to D&G bus, with services being operated under the Chaserider brand from the end of service on the 9th of January 2021.
In 1994 Derby City Transport was privatised and sold to British Bus.In August 1996 British Bus was purchased by the Cowie Group and the operation rebranded as Arriva Derby.
In September 1981 Midland Red Eastwas formed with 181 buses operating from five depots in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire as part of the breakup of the Midland Red bus company, and in January 1984 was renamed Midland Fox. In 1987 it was privatised in a management buyout. Several smaller operators including Loughborough Bus & Coach Company were purchased and in 1989 it was sold to the Drawlane Group. In November 1992 it was sold to British Bus which in August 1996 was sold to the Cowie Group and later renamed Arriva Fox County.
Arriva currently operate from four depots within the former 'Fox County' area these are Thurmaston, Coalville, South Wigston and Barwell.
In September 2013, Centrebus Group sold its shares in Centrebus Holdings to Arrivawhich included depots and services in West Yorkshire which became Yorkshire Tiger.
The operations based in Barwell, Leicestershire were rebranded as Hinckley Bus but in late 2018 they merged into the main Arriva Midlands business and the depot in Barwell operates as an outstation of South Wigston depot.
Arriva Midlands operate twelve depots as of January 2021 in:
In 2017, four Arriva Shires & Essex depots (Milton Keynes, Luton, Aylesbury and High Wycombe), and their routes, were transferred into the management of Arriva Midlands. The vehicles were renumbered in late 2018 and early 2019 to avoid multiple Arriva Midlands vehicles sharing the same fleet numbers.
In 2018 the Cannock depot began closing entirely on Sundays due to county council subsidy cuts, leaving Cannock without buses, with the Cannock depot being sold to D&G bus in January 2021.
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