Route 36 is a bus service operated by Harrogate Bus Company between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds, serving the commuter market between Harrogate and Leeds as well as the more rural hinterland between Ripon and Harrogate. It is an example of a premium service characterised by more luxurious vehicles compared to those used on other commuter lines,[1][2] which in combination with a high service frequency has significantly increased ridership and influenced the modal split in favour of public transport.[3][4]

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Transdev Harrogate & District bus 3612 Route 36 livery Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini YC53 MXW in Harrogate Bus Station, North Yorkshire 21 March 2008.jpg
OperatorHarrogate Bus Company
VehicleVolvo B5TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 3
ViaSouth Stainley
Harrogate bus station
EndLeeds City bus station


Trains on the Leeds–Northallerton Railway had provided much of the public transport services between Ripon and Leeds from 1848 until 1967 when passenger services were cut back to Harrogate. Since then, Ripon has only had bus services. The 36 was a route of West Yorkshire Road car company in the mid 1960's, operating between Vicar Lane bus Station in Leeds and Ripon Railway Station. However most journeys were Leeds-Harrogate only, and only some of the infrequent Ripon services went beyond Ripon Bus Station. Route 36 began operating using a fleet of Leyland Lynxs. In the 1990s, they were replaced by a fleet of Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLEs and Alexander Royale bodied Volvo Olympians.[citation needed]

In October 2003, Harrogate & District relaunched route 36 with fourteen Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs with leather seats.[5][6][7][1] The improvements lead to an increase in patronage by 18% in 2006 alone.[8] In 2010, the fleet was refurbished and remodelled with a new livery and 2+1 seating on the upper deck.[9][10][11]

In January 2016, route 36 was again relaunched with fourteen new Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B5TLs,[10][11] fitted with leather seating, WiFi, and USB charging points.[5]



  1. ^ a b P. Plisner (4 February 2005). "Posh bus". Bus and Coach Professional: 18–20.
  2. ^ Giles Fearnley (2004). "Comment faire sortir le conducteur de BMW de sa voiture". Public transport international (in French). 53 (4): 18–19. ISSN 1029-1261.
  3. ^ E. H. Beale (2004). Improving Bus Image: Effects of Introducing Luxury Buses on the Ripon – Harrogate – Leeds Route. University of Leeds: Institute for Transport Studies (MSc dissertation.
  4. ^ Peter White. "Equitable access: Remote and rural communities 'transport needs'" (PDF). International Transport Forum Discussion Paper (2011–19). doi:10.1787/5kg9mq4wlzkk-en.
  5. ^ a b Jones, Stuart (26 January 2016). "Transdev Harrogate redefines the 36". Bus and Coach Buyer. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ Commuters lured by luxury bus BBC News 27 October 2003
  7. ^ Route 36 Harrogate Bus Company Accessed 26 February 2017
  8. ^ The Ten Percent Club (2006). Routes to revenue growth: the message from nine successful bus services. London: Local Transport Today Limited.
  9. ^ The famous Yorkshire 36 set to be the finest bus Transdev 22 January 2016
  10. ^ a b Transdev Harrogate redefines the 36 Bus & Coach Buyer 26 January 2016
  11. ^ a b £3m touch of luxury for Harrogate-Leeds no 36 rock star of buses Harrogate Advertiser 29 January 2016
  12. ^ 36 Leeds - Harrogate - Ripon Harrogate Bus Company

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