We're making our buses better than ever

We're making our buses better than ever

Our buses are running to times similar to their pre-coronavirus timetables, making it even easier to reconnect with the faces and places you love.

We're here to help you get out and about to help support shops, businesses, pubs and leisure venues, as well as getting you back to work and school.

You can view all the new timetables in our timetables and maps section – simply select your service and change the calendar to your desired date.

More buses, better value tickets and service enhancements to make us better than ever

COVID-19 safety information and travel tips

Plan your journey

  • Plan ahead and use a direct route where possible
  • If you can, travel at quieter times and avoid travelling at peak times – use our handy When2Travel and how many seats website features to see how many seats are left on your bus
  • Take hand sanitiser and a face covering – see latest guidance for face coverings
  • If you require assistance, you should continue to request this as you normally would
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before beginning your journey
  • If you're feeling unwell, please don't travel

On your journey

  • Only sit next to a member of your household or bubble
  • If possible, leave a row in front and behind you clear
  • Unless you are exempt, please wear a face covering throughout the duration of your journey – see latest guidance for face coverings
  • Use contactless payments or the Go North East app where possible, as we're unable to give any change
  • Be patient and please follow any instructions provided by our team members
  • Wash or sanitise your hands as frequently as possible
  • Please open windows to help with ventilation

Completing your journey

When you finish your journey, you should:

  • Follow guidance at your destination
  • Walk and cycle from public transport to your destination, where possible
  • Wash or sanitise your hands as soon as possible

We're Good to Go

We want to reassure you that travelling by bus is safe – we've put a series of measures in place to make sure that our buses are clean and tidy for you. Watch our video further up the page to see what we've been doing over the last few months.

We've also achieved VisitBritain's 'Good to Go' accreditation, which confirms that we're adhering to government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, and have rigorous cleaning, social distancing and safety measures in place.

Good to Go

How many seats are left on my bus?

When planning in advance use our handy When2Travel prediction tool to see when's the best time to travel, then use our how many seats feature on the day to see how busy your bus is in real-time – it'll even tell you if your bus is going to be a single or double-decker and what features it has, such as free Wi-Fi and USB charging.

Flexi 5 tickets

If you're a part-time worker, or just working more flexible at the moment, we have the perfect solution for you – check out our new range of Flexi 5 tickets. They're just like you usual weekly ticket but split over any 5 individual days to help you get the best value for money.

Changes to interchanges, high streets and road layouts

To aid social distancing, some changes have been made to interchanges, high streets and road layouts across the region – view our handy guide for the latest information.

FAQs

Who may and may not travel?
As per government advice, anyone can now travel with us. We just ask that you familiarise youself with our safety and travel advice on this page if you haven't travelled with us for a while.

Please don't travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, are clinically extremely vulnerable and cannot shield during your journey, or have been advised by the NHS test and trace service that you should self-isolate.

What timetable is being operated?
Services have returned to timetables that are similar to their pre-coronavirus times. They can all be viewed in our timetables and maps section.

Are there any timetable changes soon?
Our timetables last changed on 5 September, bringing our services back to 100% levels of service.

What if I'm disabled and require assistance?
If a disabled passenger requires assistance they should request this in the same way they usually would. If for any reason a wheelchair user is unable to travel with us, a complimentary taxi will be arranged.

What steps will you take to maximise social distancing and how can we help?
If possible, leave a row in front and behind you clear. Some seats will be taped off, so please don't use these. We also ask that you socially distance yourself from others whilst waiting at bus stops, and stand back to let other people off the bus before boarding.

Do I need to wear a face covering? 
Yes, you now need to wear a face covering on public transport. This can be a mask, scarf, snood, bandana or even something you can make out of an old t-shirt. There are also some people that will be exempt from wearing a face covering - see our latest guidance.

What additional cleaning is being carried out?
Our buses are being cleaned regularly, even through the day with touchpoints rubbed down and a deep clean is done each night. Watch our safety video above to see some of the things we've done to enhance our cleaning regime.

Is hand sanitiser available on board?
No, we are unable to provide hand sanitiser. We ask that you bring your own and wash your hands as often as possible, at least before and after every journey.

When is the best time to travel?
If you can, we ask that you travel outside of peak times to save space for those that have no other option but to travel at that time. We've also launched two innovative features on our website that let you see how busy our buses are going to be. Our When2Travel tool allows you to look up to two weeks ahead using a forecasting engine to predict how busy each bus will be, even down to individual bus stops. Then on the day, you can use our live ‘how many seats are left on my bus' feature to see if the bus you're going to catch is quiet or not.

What happens if the bus I'm waiting for is full?
Unfortunately, our capacity for each bus is reduced at the moment due to social distancing. If a bus is full, you may see the ‘bus full' sign on the front of the bus and we kindly ask that you are prepared to wait for the next bus in cases like this. So far, we are only seeing a small number of journeys around peak time that are near our social distancing capacity. We are monitoring things daily and should there be any recurring issues we'll look at providing further journeys.

What happens if the last bus of the day is full? 
We won't leave anyone stranded with our last buses. We're continually monitoring passenger numbers and our last buses aren't reaching social distance capacity. We'll continue to monitor all journeys and should anything change we'll look to see if we can duplicate journeys to ensure you can travel.

Can I pay with cash on the bus?
We only ask that you pay with cash if you have no other option. Please provide the correct fare as we're unable to give change as our drivers are no longer handling cash. Where possible, use contactless payments or the Go North East app instead. 

Are there any Go North East travel shops open?
Sorry, our travel shop at intu Metrocentre isn't open. If you require any help, our customer services team are online from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You can call us on 0191 420 50 50, use live chat on our website, or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.
 

The information on this page was last updated on 11 September 2020.