Cityzap builds back better with £1.4m investment in brand-new Sky Class buses

North of England bus operator Transdev is investing £1.4m in its new fleet of five stunning double-deck vehicles, proudly built in Britain to Transdev’s all-new Sky Class specification, which offers the most sophisticated selection of high-end luxury features ever seen on Britain’s local buses.

They’re the ultimate in complete, connected and comfortable travel, and they’re on their way to revolutionise inter-city journeys in Yorkshire – with a little added sunshine from the region’s favourite weatherman, Paul Hudson!

Forecaster Paul Hudson, famed for his daily forecasts on the BBC’s Look North TV programme and the region’s BBC local radio stations, is providing the voice to welcome customers on the all new Cityzap express buses between York and Leeds city centres.

The new low-emission buses enter service from this Sunday (13 December 2020) on the fast and direct Cityzap express service between the two great Yorkshire cities.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “Cityzap changed the face of travel between York and Leeds over four years ago, and part of our vision to build buses back better in our cities is this launch of our new Sky Class bus fleet. 

“British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis describes them as the highest specification they’ve ever been asked to build, and that was our vision from concept to reality. We’re very proud to bring our ambitious ideas to life in such a spectacular way for fast and comfortable non-stop journeys between two of Yorkshire’s favourite cities.

“We believe Sky Class creates the ultimate travel experience and will attract people to switch from the car and train, just like Cityzap has done since it was originally launched. 

“We create buses that people are proud to be seen on. It is that ambition that will help us drive more and more people to high quality public transport and, reduce the impact of congestion and harmful emissions and help transform our towns and cities.”

As well as taking customers straight to the heart of York and Leeds, the new Cityzap buses will, for the first time, also serve the Logic Leeds development, home to Amazon’s £60m distribution complex. The move opens up fast travel opportunities for hundreds of the online retailer’s staff, with easy connections at Leeds and York to destinations across Yorkshire.

The Sky Class specification on the new Cityzap buses brings new levels of comfort and sophistication to the popular Cityzap service, run by Transdev from its base in York with its own dedicated team of friendly drivers. Highlights include:

  • High-comfort luxury seating, with leather head rests in Cityzap’s signature red and silver
  • A choice of traditional duo and individual lounge seating, offering extra choice, space and style
  • Spacious group and twin tables – ideal for the family to enjoy the journey together or for easy, comfortable workspaces
  • Double glazing with tinted glass for privacy, class and a more relaxing travel experience
  • Wireless and USB mobile device charging at every seat
  • Superfast and free Wi-Fi to stay connected every inch of the way
  • Low emission engines – meeting and beating the toughest environmental standards
  • Full colour next stop displays showing live bus and rail connections at key calling points
  • Cityzap’s new Book Club – with a great selection of reading always at hand
  • Contactless payments – swift and secure, with money-saving ticket options for everyone
  • A glass ceiling to let in the Yorkshire sunshine – and gaze at the stars when night falls
  • The friendly voice of Yorkshire’s favourite weatherman Paul Hudson, announcing next stops and key information throughout the journey

The new Cityzap buses are based on the proven ADL E400MMC double decker, built in Britain by the country’s biggest and most successful bus manufacturer. The new fleet is expected to cover half a million miles every year – and will be looked-after by a team of 20 colleagues based at Transdev’s operating centre in York.

Onward journeys are made very easy through convenient connections in Leeds and York including the frequent FLYER shuttle to Leeds Bradford Airport, with all-in-one tickets available on board. Full details of times and value fare options for day, week or longer travel on Cityzap and the Transdev network are available online at: or on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app.

Transdev’s network in the north

Amazing new buses will bring signature style and luxury to the Cityzap express bus between York and Leeds when it resumes from Sunday, 13 December 2020. The new buses feature comfortable luxury seating and designer interiors – and for those wanting to stay in touch on the move, USB power points and free Wi-Fi at every seat. The service will be great value for work and leisure, with great value fare options available on bus, online and on the ‘Transdev Go’ mobile app.

Transdev also operate the Coastliner bus network, which gives access to some of the finest scenery in Britain, crossing the heart of the North York Moors National Park and serving popular country and coastal destinations, including historic York, Malton, Pickering, Whitby and Scarborough.

Its York and Country subsidiary provides local bus services in and around York, and the dedicated Castle Line bus service from York and Malton to Castle Howard. 

Parent company Transdev is one of the largest public transport operators in Europe, with a reputation for delivering high quality public transport. Visit: for details of all Transdev services in the UK and Europe.

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