Bus company’s sweet chariot for rugby fans

L-R: Harrogate RUFC's Chris Wilson, Jake Brady, Connor Ward, Steve Maycock, Lewis Minnikin, Barry Frost and Transdev's 770 driver Tony Field.

L-R: Harrogate RUFC's Chris Wilson, Jake Brady, Connor Ward, Steve Maycock, Lewis Minnikin, Barry Frost and Transdev's 770 driver Tony Field.

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Harrogate RUFC fans will have their very own sweet chariot this season in the form of special bus service.

Transdev’s Harrogate to Leeds 770 will drop fans on the front doorstep of the club’s new ground at Rudding Lane, with a discounted day return when fans show their rugby match ticket to the driver.

Harrogate attracted a crowd of more than 1,000 for their first home fixture of the season against local rivals Otley.

The club is hoping for a similar turn out this Saturday when they welcome Sandal for a 3pm kick-off.

Transdev’s Chief Executive Alex Hornby said: “This latest partnership to drive attendance at Harrogate RUFC reduces the cost of travel, eliminates the need to drive and park, and supports a great sporting club in their new ground.”

Home matches at Rudding Lane start at 3pm in September and the majority of October. Buses run hourly during the day Monday to Saturday. On Saturdays, fans can catch the 2.05pm 770 from Stand 9 at Harrogate Bus Station, arriving at the ground for 2.18pm.

Return journeys see the 770 stopping at the ground at 5.16pm, 6.16pm and 7.22pm. Convenient stops are also located along North Park Road and Wetherby Road between The Stray and Forest Lane.

From October 24, when kick-off is 2pm, a bus will depart Harrogate at 1.05pm, arriving for 1.18pm.

A day return will cost £3 when presenting a match or season ticket to the driver. Usual fares are £3.50 return, or £2.50 single.

Harrogate Rugby Club chairman James Smithies said: “We’re delighted to partner with Transdev to offer our members and fans discounted tickets. We are very proud of our new facilities and the bus route will only make it easier for people to get here to enjoy them.”