DG Cars adds to Leeds operations with Speedline Private Hire acquisition

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DG Cars is continuing its expansion with a major acquisition in Leeds. Working in partnership with Boro Cars of Middlesbrough, DG has acquired Speedline Private Hire, bringing a further 120 cars into the fleet, and taking the DG Group fleet beyond 2,000 cars.

Speedline was established in 1970 and recently celebrated 50 years in business, making it one of the oldest private hire companies in West Yorkshire.

The Speedline operations are likely to be combined with the Arrow Cars business acquired 12 months ago. Arrow has the contract to serve Leeds-Bradford Airport, and Speedline is a good strategic fit.

A DG Cars spokesman welcomed the deal and promised more takeover activity this year: “With 120 drivers joining our team, it’s another step towards achieving our business goals. Watch this space in 2023, we’re just getting started!”

Nottingham-based DG Cars made a number of major acquisitions in 2022, tuning it from a local operator in its home city into a regional powerhouse operating mainly down the east side of England. Most recently, it completed the takeover of ACE-ABC of Mansfield last September, adding a fleet of 220 cars and a permanent staff of 35 to DG Group.

DG Group also acquired Pirate Cars of Sutton in Ashfield, Alert Cars of Arnold, Nottinghamshire, CamCabs of Cambridge and Oasis of Kirkby in Ashfield last year. Both DG and CamCab were Gold award winners in the 2021 Professional Driver QSi Awards.

The earlier acquisition of Leeds-based Arrow Cars gave DG contracts to operate official taxi services at Leeds-Bradford, East Midlands and Bristol airports.