Getting buses fit for the future – changes to services from 5 September

1 month ago Thu 5th Aug 2021

5 September changes

We always work to try and adapt to the changing needs and demands of our customers and the communities we serve, whilst also providing an efficient operation.

The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the usage of all public transport and is changing the way people work, shop and more, in turn impacting travel patterns that we must work through adjusting to.

It is more important than ever now that we adapted and change to meet these demands and we are now at the point where we need to make changes to ensure that our bus network is in the best possible shape for recovery, and to efficiently support the recovery of our towns, cities and the regional economy.

There are parts of our network, albeit small, that now require attention and adjustment. Some are elements where it is clear they will never recover to any sensible level of demand, whilst others are areas where minor adjustment can bring clear improvements to passengers, such as the alignment of multiple services along the same corridor to give a more evenly spaced ‘clockface’ combined frequency of service, including key ‘turn up and go’ corridors in some areas.

The changes we’ll be introducing from 5 September are set out below and split by area. You can also view a summary of the changes in PDF format with our booklet guide.

All of these changes will be supported by full printed timetable leaflets and marketing. They have been designed to help ensure the long-term viability of our network and have already been worked through with Local Transport Authority Officers, well in advance of the statutory timescales, and a number of their feedback points have been included in the final versions.

We have tried to be both practical and realistic with these changes, with an overarching desire to get the local bus network in the best possible shape for its recovery and long-term success, at the same time also delivering a number of improvements where there is clear growth demand and potential, including:

  • East Gateshead frequency revisions, meaning improved combined frequencies on common corridors with services running every 7/8 minutes between Newcastle and Deckham, Leam Lane and Heworth, and on Old Durham Road.
  • New evening and Sunday service 8.
  • Service 265 increased from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes providing much improved east-west movement across Durham, and new late evening and Sunday journeys.
  • Service X1 extended to Dalton Park and Peterlee, providing new connections.
  • Service 2A diverted via Leechmere to improve access to Asda.
  • Reinstatement of cross Jarrow on 26, giving more frequent connections from Hebburn to South Tyneside Hospital.
  • Introduction of new cross-Durham links by extending service 21 to Brandon, giving direct connections to key sites such as University Hospital, New College and Arnison Centre.
  • Extension of service 47 to Consett gives a new Sunday service on V9 and introduces direct service to Metrocentre from Medomsley and Leadgate.
  • Improved frequency of service to Gateshead Quays throughout the day and week with service 53/54, including more regular evening service.
  • Simpler, easier to understand Washington local network.

To view the new timetables, simply click on your service below.

Durham City & Chester-le-Street

8 (Sunderland – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Stanley)

This service will additionally serve Brady Square in Washington, replacing a section of route on service 85. A new evening and Sunday service will be introduced so that services at these times can be simplified and run as a standard route 8 and 78, instead of 78A. Some of these evening journeys will run via Teal Farm.



13 (Durham – Sacriston – Langley Park)

This service has been suspended throughout the pandemic and will not be reinstated, as fewer passengers are now travelling between Durham, Sacriston and Langley Park. Alternate services are available for all sections of route: Langley Park to Durham on service X20, which has been upgraded to larger full-size single-deck buses, and Sacriston to Durham on services 16/16A, which is being upgraded to double-deck buses.



16 (Durham – Stanley – Dipton – Consett – Castleside)

This service will be revised to run between Consett, Stanley and Durham only, no longer serving Castleside. Links to Castleside will be maintained on service 78, which will be extended from Consett to Castleside. Buses on the 16 will extend from Consett Bus Station to Tesco via Templetown to maintain access to the large retail facilities to the west of the town centre, and offer an improved service to Templetown. We will also be introducing new double-deck buses onto this route, as we know buses on this route get busy at peak times.


21 (Newcastle – Birtley – Chester-le-Street – Durham)

This service will be extended from Durham to Brandon twice every hour, to give new, direct links from Brandon to the University Hospital, County Hall, Framwellgate Moor (for New College) and Arnison Centre. These links were proposed prior to Covid but were postponed when passenger numbers fell because of the lockdown.


25 (Newcastle – Gateshead – Wrekenton – Chester-le-Street – Langley Park) 

The evening frequency on this service will be increased to every 60 minutes every day of the week. To improve reliability, this service will now omit Wrekenton High Street towards Langley Park only, instead stopping at Wrekenton Row.


28 | 28A (Newcastle – Gateshead – Chester-le-Street)

UPDATE: Service 28 will continue to provide an hourly service along its normal route between Newcastle (some changes to city centre bus stops) and Chester-le-Street serving Ouston, Pelton, High Handenhold, Beamish, Grange Villa and Pelton Fell.

Services 28/28A will be revised to terminate at Market Street in Newcastle, instead of Eldon Square. In Gateshead, the 28A will run via Whitehall Road instead of Bensham Bank.

Due to low demand, service 28A will be revised to terminate at Perkinsville. As mentioned above, service 28 will still run beyond Perkinsville to Chester-le-Street, serving Pelton, High Handenhold, Beamish, Grange Villa and Pelton Fell, maintaining local links around these areas, once per hour.


34 (Waldridge Park – Chester-le-Street – Ouston – Upreth Grange)

Service 34 continues to operate as normal, but will now serve Pelton Front Street and omit Pelaw Estate. It'll continue to serve South Pelaw and Pelaw Bank, it will only omit the estate.

There will be up to five buses per hour through South Pelaw, with service 8 every 30 minutes and service 34 every 20 minutes providing local links to Chester-le-Street, as well as longer distance connections to Washington, Sunderland and Stanley. For those who are unable to walk to the main road, new service 734 will provide an hourly service to Chester-le-Street from Pelaw Estate during Monday to Saturday daytimes.


71 (Chester-le-Street – Houghton-le-Spring – Seaham)

UPDATE: Service 71 will continue to operate its current timetable.


78 (Sunderland – Penshaw – Chester-le-Street – Stanley – Consett)

This service will now run via Pelton Fell instead of Pelton, Newfield and Grange Villa between Stanley and Chester-le-Street. From Consett, the service will be extended to Castleside to replace service 16.


204 (Durham – Sherburn Village)

This service is revised to omit High Grange Estate.


208 (Durham – High Pittington – Peterlee)

Service 208 will be withdrawn, but with most links maintained by services 65, 204, and new service 62/62A that will run between Peterlee, Horden and Easington. A peak time express X62 will maintain a direct service between Peterlee, Easington Village, South Hetton and Durham for students that make use of service 208 currently.


265 (Durham – Hetton-le-Hole – Murton – Seaham)

Service 265 will be increased in frequency, running every 30 minutes instead of the current hourly frequency, and renumbered to 65. There will also be later evening journeys, and a Sunday service added. The service will run the current 265 route, but with two small changes.

In Belmont, the service will run via Cheveley Park estate (to replace service 208 there), though it will operate via Buckinghamshire Drive only. In Murton, it will skip East Moor estate, which will instead be served by the 202.

The new, improved service will be numbered 65, and given its own unique brand and larger vehicles to provide greater capacity at peak times.


X21 (Newcastle – Chester-le-Street – Durham – Bishop Auckland – West Auckland) 

Minor timetable changes to improve reliability. 


X22 (Durham – Chester-le-Street – Metrocentre) 

We will introduce some newer double-deck buses on this service in dedicated route branding, offering better features such as high-backed comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi. Aligned to this, there will be some minor timetable changes.

 

Sunderland

2 | 2A (Silksworth – Hollycarrside – Sunderland – Penshaw – Washington)

Service 2A will operate via Hollycarrside Road and Leechmere Way, offering better access to Leechmere ASDA.

On Sundays, service 2A will no longer serve Brady Square in Washington; this will instead be served by the 8, retaining links to Sunderland.


8 (Sunderland – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Stanley)

This service will additionally serve Brady Square in Washington, replacing a section of route on service 85. A new evening and Sunday service will be introduced so that services at these times could be simplified and run as a standard route 8 and 78, instead of 78A. Some of these evening journeys will run via Teal Farm.


9 (Sunderland – Boldon – Jarrow – Hebburn)

This service will be revised to operate between Sunderland and Jarrow only. Since re-organisation of services around Jarrow and Hebburn in 2018 (when the 9 was extended to Hebburn) we have seen very little growth in through passengers travelling from Hebburn to Sunderland. The section of route from Jarrow to Hebburn will therefore be covered by revisions to service 26, which will reintroduce links from Hebburn to South Tyneside Hospital.


38 | 938 (Docks – City Centre – Tunstall – Leechmere – Tunstall Bank Estate)

Following feedback from customers and discussions with stakeholders, we plan the reinstatement of an hourly service 38 between Sunderland, Leechmere and Tunstall Bank Estate, allowing service 938 to be withdrawn. This service 38 will not operate via Burdon Lane and Bevan Avenue, as this will continue to be served by the 39A. Service 38 will also not serve Park Lane Interchange. An additional service 38A will also operate between City Centre and The Docks only to maintain a half-hourly service on this section of the route.


56 (Newcastle – Gateshead – QE – Concord – Nissan – Southwick – Sunderland)

During the pandemic, service 56 was reduced in frequency from every 12 minutes to every 15. This service will maintain the 15-minute frequency it currently operates to allow us to offer an improved frequency on Old Durham Road, by coordinating with service 57 (which will increase to every 15 minutes) to provide a service up to every 7/8 minutes. The experimental late evening journeys to benefit shift workers will remain. This service will no longer serve Springwell Estate on evenings and Sundays so there is a consistent route across the day, with a service to Springwell Estate maintained on services 51/52.


60 (Sunderland – Seaham – Parkside)

Evening timetable is revised to provide a more regular half hourly service.


61 (Sunderland – Dalton Park – Murton)

Minor changes to evening and Sunday timetable to improve reliability.


78 (Sunderland – Penshaw – Chester-le-Street – Stanley – Consett)

This service will now run via Pelton Fell instead of Pelton, Newfield and Grange Villa between Stanley and Chester-le-Street. From Consett, the service will be extended to Castleside to replace service 16.


X6 | X7 (Sunderland – Seaham – Dalton Park – Peterlee)

Service X7 has been suspended throughout the pandemic and will not be reinstated, due to low passenger numbers. Service X6 will continue running.


South Tyneside

5 (Jarrow – Boldon – South Shields)

The timetable will be revised. Newer buses, offering free Wi-Fi and next stop announcements, will be introduced onto this route.


9 (Sunderland – Boldon – Jarrow – Hebburn)

This service will be revised to operate between Sunderland and Jarrow only. Since re-organisation of services around Jarrow and Hebburn in 2018 (when the 9 was extended to Hebburn) we have seen very little growth in through passengers travelling from Hebburn to Sunderland. We therefore plan this section of route from Jarrow to Hebburn will be covered by revisions to service 26, which will re-introduce links from Hebburn to South Tyneside Hospital.


26 (South Shields – South Tyneside Hospital – Primrose – Jarrow)

This service will be extended from Jarrow to Hebburn and Lukes Lane Estate, to replace service 9 in this area, allowing the withdrawal of services H1 and H2.


27 (South Shields – Jarrow – Hebburn – Gateshead – Newcastle)

Minor timetable changes.


50 (South Shields – Boldon Colliery – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Arnison Centre – Durham)

Minor changes to times during the day.


H1 (South Tyneside Hospital - Hebburn) 

As the links provided by this service will be maintained on our 26 service, which will be extended from Jarrow to Lukes Lane Estate from the same date, Nexus will now cancel the contract for this service and it will be withdrawn. 


H2 (South Tyneside Hospital – Jarrow – Hebburn)

This service was introduced to provide direct connections to South Tyneside Hospital from Hebburn following feedback from the local community. Passenger numbers on this service have been very low, and the changes to service 26 will negate the need for it. This service will therefore be withdrawn.


Washington & Houghton-le-Spring

2 | 2A (Silksworth – Hollycarrside – Sunderland – Penshaw – Washington)

Service 2A will operate via Hollycarrside Road and Leechmere Way, offering better access to Leechmere ASDA.

On Sundays, service 2A will no longer serve Brady Square in Washington; this will instead be served by the 8, retaining links to Sunderland.


4 (Houghton-le-Spring – Washington – Heworth)

Minor changes to times of early weekday morning journeys towards Heworth to improve reliability.


8 (Sunderland – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Stanley)

This service will additionally serve Brady Square in Washington, replacing a section of route on service 85 operated by Washington. A new evening and Sunday service will be introduced so that services at these times could be simplified and run as a standard route 8 and 78, instead of 78A. Some of these evening journeys will run via Teal Farm.


50 (South Shields – Boldon Colliery – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Arnison Centre – Durham)

Minor changes to times during the day.


56 (Newcastle – Gateshead – QE – Concord – Nissan – Southwick – Sunderland)

During the pandemic, service 56 was reduced in frequency from every 12 minutes to every 15. This service will maintain the 15-minute frequency it currently operates to allow us to offer an improved frequency on Old Durham Road, by coordinating with service 57 (which will increase to every 15 minutes) to provide a service up to every 7/8 minutes. The experimental late evening journeys to benefit shift workers will remain. This service will no longer serve Springwell Estate on evenings and Sundays so there is a consistent route across the day, with a service to Springwell Estate maintained on services 51/52.


71 (Chester-le-Street – Houghton-le-Spring – Seaham)

UPDATE: Service 71 will continue to operate its current timetable.


78 (Sunderland – Penshaw – Chester-le-Street – Stanley – Consett)

This service will now run via Pelton Fell instead of Pelton, Newfield and Grange Villa between Stanley and Chester-le-Street. From Consett, the service will be extended to Castleside to replace service 16.


81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 (Concord, Washington and Birtley local services)

We are simplifying the Washington local network, in recognition that the current network can be difficult for customers to understand. Three new services – 82, 84 and 85 – will replace the current six services, with cross-Washington links reinstated.

Service 82 will run every 30 minutes between Birtley, Portmeads, Ayton (Dunnock Drive only), Lambton, Galleries, Sainsbury's, Glebe, Washington Village and Barmston Court, also extended to serve Teal Farm and Waterview Park on Monday to Saturday daytimes.

Service 84 will run every 20 minutes between Rickleton, Harraton, Ayton, Lambton, Galleries, Sainsbury's, Biddick, Barmston Waskerely Road, Barmston Village Centre, Peel and Spout Lane to Concord.

Service 85 will be revised to run as one 20-minute service between Concord, Oxclose, Galleries and Sainsbury's, and will interwork service service 84 at Concord. It will additionally serve The Drive to maintain the connection to The Galleries from this area, and Brady Square will be served by the revised service 8.


X1 (Newcastle – Washington – Houghton-le-Spring – Easington Lane – Peterlee)

This service will be extended once per hour from Easington Lane through to Peterlee via South Hetton, and once per hour from Easington Lane through to Dalton Park, providing new direct links from Washington to Dalton Park and Peterlee.


West Gateshead

1A | 1B (Whitley Bay – North Shields – Wallsend – Newcastle – Gateshead – Lobley Hill – Metrocentre)

These services will continue to operate up to every 20 minutes between Whitley Bay, Wallsend and Gateshead, as one standard route (1). The section of route between Gateshead, Lobley Hill and Metrocentre will be replaced by new service 96, operating up to every 30 minutes. The southern side of Lobley Hill Estate (i.e. Cragside Gardens, Rothbury Gardens and Beechwood Gardens) will be served by new service X72. Any passengers travelling from Dunston and Lobley Hill towards Byker and North Tyneside will still be able to make these journeys by changing buses at Gateshead Interchange.


6 | 6A

Service 6 will continue to operate every 30 minutes between Newcastle, Metrocentre, Whickham and Sunniside. On Monday to Saturday daytimes, journeys will operate via Watergate Estate. All journeys will now continue to Stanley, providing a service every 30 minutes across the full route on Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly on evenings and Sundays. Between Sunniside and Stanley, service 6 will operate via Burnopfield, Lintz Estate, Tantobie Road Ends and Tanfield Lea, replacing service M6/M7 through this area.

Although passengers from Flint Hill, Dipton and Annfield Plain will no longer have a direct bus to the Metrocentre, you can catch the X70 or our new service X72 to Gateshead Interchange to connect with our X66 Metrocentre shuttle.


M6 | M7 | M8

Passenger numbers on these services have been low for some time now, with many journeys operating with too few passengers for us to cover our costs. We have done our best to keep these services in their current form, but it is clear now that, despite best efforts, we need to look at new, more efficient ways to serve the towns and villages between the Metrocentre and Stanley. These services will therefore be replaced by changes to other services:

  • Passengers travelling to Stanley or Metrocentre from Tanfield Lea, Tantobie Road Ends, Lintz Estate and Burnopfield can continue to do so, on revised service 6
  • Passengers travelling to Stanley from Sleepy Valley and Tanfield Village will can continue to do so, on new service X72
  • Passengers travelling to Metrocentre from parts of Fellside Road and Broadway, along with Lambton Avenue and Duckpool Lane, will be replaced by new service 643


10 | 10A | 10B | 10X (Newcastle – Metrocentre – Blaydon – Crawcrook – Hexham/Blackhall Mill/Prudhoe)

Service 10A will be revised to run via South Road to the East Street turning circle in Chopwell, which will provide new links from this part of Chopwell to Blaydon, the Metrocentre and Newcastle. This will replace service V9 in this part of Chopwell, with links between Chopwell, Blackhall Mill and Consett being replaced by the revised service 47. Service 10X will be withdrawn.

Consequently, there will be timetable changes across all routes. An extra later journey will be added from Hexham to Blaydon, and the Sunday frequency will be revised to every 20 minutes on core section of route.


12 | 12A (Winlaton – Blaydon – Newcastle)

To simplify the route, all journeys on service 12 will run via Heddon View and all journeys on 12A will run via Parkhead Estate. Buses will continue to operate as they do now, just with these revised numbers. These services will now depart from stand A in Eldon Square.


49 | 49A (Winlaton – Metrocentre – Gateshead) 

Early evening frequency is reduced due to low demand.


90 (Winlaton – Team Valley)

This service will be withdrawn. Passengers travelling from Winlaton, Blaydon and Swalwell can travel to Metrocentre on service 49. Direct peak-time only buses between Metrocentre and Team Valley will continue to be provided by Nexus on service 941.


96 (Gateshead – Lobley Hill – Metrocentre)

This new service will operate every 30 minutes on daytimes and every 60 minutes on evenings between Gateshead Interchange and the Metrocentre, following the route of the current 1A service via Moorfoot Gardens, Malvern Gardens and Knightside Gardens, allowing the 1A service to be withdrawn.


97 (Newcastle – Gateshead – Whickham – Swalwell – Metrocentre – Newcastle)

This service will be revised to revert back to the route it followed for many years prior to 2018, operating between Newcastle, Gateshead, Whickham and the Metrocentre. Alternate journeys will be extended to Metrocentre ASDA on Monday to Saturday daytimes to replace Coaster services 1A/1B. The section of route introduced in 2018 between Metrocentre and Newcastle Eldon Square, via Teams, will be withdrawn. Services 10, 10A and 10B will continue to operate between Metrocentre and Newcastle, serving all stops through Dunston and Teams.


V9 (Consett – Chopwell)

This service will be replaced and improved by changes to service 47, which will be extended to Consett on the existing V9 route from Blackhall Mill onwards. South Road/East Street in Chopwell will be served by the 10A instead of the V9, offering new links to Blaydon and the Metrocentre from this area. With these plans, there will be new Sunday journeys between Chopwell and Consett.


X30 | X31 (Newcastle – Sunniside – Stanley)

Service X31 will be revised to operate via Dunston instead of Gateshead Interchange, following the same route as the X30 in this area. Combined, these services will operate every 20 minutes between Newcastle, Dunston, Sunniside and Stanley (once per hour as service X30 via Shield Row and twice per hour as service X31 via East Stanley). Any passengers travelling from Stanley to Gateshead will be able to do so by changing onto service X70, X71 and X72 at Sunniside, which will be timed to coordinate with the X30 and X31 for easy connections.


X45 | X46 | X47 (Newcastle – Metrocentre – Rowlands Gill – Chopwell/ Hamsterley Mill – Shotley Bridge – Consett)

The routes of services X45 and X46 will remain unchanged, but with changes to their times so that they are better co-ordinated. This will mean that buses will run at even 15-minute intervals (rather than 10/20 minute intervals at present) between Consett, Ebchester, Rowlands Gill, Metrocentre and Newcastle. Service X47 will be revised to become services 47 and 47A, offering improved links in the Chopwell and High Spen area.


X70 | X71 | X72 (Newcastle – Sunniside – Burnopfield – Medomsley/ Dipton – Consett)

We plan the introduction of a new service, X72, that will complement services X70 and X71, to replace parts of services 1B, 6 and M8. Service X72 will operate hourly between Newcastle and Stanley via Gateshead, Lobley Hill Estate (around Cragside Gardens and Rothbury Gardens), Sunniside, Tanfield Village, Tantobie, Flint Hill, Dipton and Annfield Plain.

Between services X70, X71 and X72, buses will operate up to every 20 minutes between Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunniside, Marley Hill and Crookgate. Services X70 and X71 will stay the same, except the X70 will omit Tantobie Road Ends, offering a quicker service for people travelling between Consett, Gateshead and Newcastle. Tantobie Road Ends and White-le-Head will continue to have a direct bus to Newcastle on the new service X72. The current limited once-a-day X72 service will be withdrawn.


X97 (Whickham – Newcastle) 

This service will be withdrawn. Alternative travel options will be made available by the improvements to services X30/X31, which will offer a 20-minute frequency service between Newcastle, Dunston and Whickham.


East Gateshead

25 (Newcastle – Gateshead – Wrekenton – Chester-le-Street – Langley Park) 

The evening frequency on this service will be increased to every 60 minutes every day of the week. To improve reliability, this service will now omit Wrekenton High Street towards Langley Park only, instead stopping at Wrekenton Row.  


28 | 28A (Newcastle – Gateshead – Chester-le-Street)

UPDATE: Service 28 will continue to provide an hourly service along its normal route between Newcastle (some changes to city centre bus stops) and Chester-le-Street serving Ouston, Pelton, High Handenhold, Beamish, Grange Villa and Pelton Fell.

Services 28/28A will be revised to terminate at Market Street in Newcastle, instead of Eldon Square. In Gateshead, the 28A will run via Whitehall Road instead of Bensham Bank.

Due to low demand, service 28A will be revised to terminate at Perkinsville. As mentioned above, service 28 will still run beyond Perkinsville to Chester-le-Street, serving Pelton, High Handenhold, Beamish, Grange Villa and Pelton Fell, maintaining local links around these areas, once per hour.


29 (Gateshead – Kibblesworth) 

Minor timetable changes.


49 | 49A (Winlaton – Metrocentre – Gateshead) 

Early evening frequency is reduced due to low demand. 


53 | 54 (Newcastle – Saltwell Park circular)

These services will be revised to operate via the Quayside between Gateshead and Newcastle, replacing the Q1 and Q2 in this area, and improving service to the Quayside area. 

This plan will increase the frequency of buses between Gateshead and the Quayside (to every 12 minutes from every 15 minutes) and mean the iconic Quayside will be served by our game-changing zero-emission VOLTRA electric buses.


56 (Newcastle – Gateshead – QE – Concord – Nissan – Southwick – Sunderland)

During the pandemic, service 56 was reduced in frequency from every 12 minutes to every 15. This service will maintain the 15-minute frequency it currently operates to allow us to offer an improved frequency on Old Durham Road, by coordinating with service 57 (which will increase to every 15 minutes) to provide a service up to every 7/8 minutes. The experimental late evening journeys to benefit shift workers will remain. This service will no longer serve Springwell Estate on evenings and Sundays so there is a consistent route across the day, with a service to Springwell Estate maintained on services 51/52.


57 (Newcastle – Gateshead – Heworth – Wardley)

This service will be increased in frequency from every 20 minutes to every 15, to co-ordinate with the 56 to provide a bus every 7-8 minutes along Old Durham Road, and coordinate with service 58 to provide a bus every 7/8 minutes between Heworth and Leam Lane Estate.


58 (Newcastle – Gateshead – Heworth)

This service will be reduced in frequency from every 12 minutes to every 15, as it operated during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. The change will allow improvements to headways at both ends of the route, as the service will be timed to be co-ordinated with services 51/52 to provide a bus every 7-8 minutes between Newcastle, Gateshead and Deckham, and coordinated with service 57 to provide a bus every 7-8 minutes between Heworth and Leam Lane Estate.


84 (Washington – Concord – Heworth) 

This service will no longer run between Concord and Heworth. This means that High Lanes and part of Meresyde will lose a direct link to Washington, however frequent links will still be available on service 4 from nearby bus stops on the A184 or Lingey Lane.


925 (Barley Mow – QE Hospital)

This service will be withdrawn. This dedicated link to the QE Hospital from Portmeads was introduced at the request of local people last year when we diverted service 25 to serve Harlow Green and Low Fell.

Since its introduction, the 925 has not been well-used, with typical daily usage being in single figures. It will still be possible for customers travelling from Portmeads or Barley Mow to reach the QE by travelling on the 25 and changing at Wrekenton, where there will be up to 9 buses an hour to the QE.


Q1 | Q2 (Gateshead – Heworth – Wrekenton – Gateshead – Newcastle)

These services will be revised to run as services 51 and 52, as they were for many years prior to 2016, no longer operating via the Quayside.

Service 51 will operate from Newcastle to Gateshead via the High Level Bridge, and then follow the existing Q1 route around East Gateshead, terminating at Gateshead Interchange. The 52 will operate in reverse, starting from Gateshead Interchange, following the current Q2 route around East Gateshead and then continuing to Newcastle via the Tyne Bridge.

The new service 51/52 will be coordinate with service 58 between Newcastle, Gateshead and Deckham to provide a service every 7/8 minutes. With this plan, services 51 and 52 WILL be relaunched with better buses and a new, eye-catching ‘East Gateshead Orbit’ brand. 

The service around the Quayside will be replaced by VOLTRA 53/54.


X1 (Newcastle – Washington – Houghton-le-Spring – Easington Lane – Peterlee)

This service will be extended once per hour from Easington Lane through to Peterlee via South Hetton, and once per hour from Easington Lane through to Dalton Park, providing new direct links from Washington to Dalton Park and Peterlee.

 

Consett & Stanley

6 | 6A

Service 6 will continue to operate every 30 minutes between Newcastle, Metrocentre, Whickham and Sunniside. On Monday to Saturday daytimes, journeys will operate via Watergate Estate. All journeys will now continue to Stanley, providing a service every 30 minutes across the full route on Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly on evenings and Sundays. Between Sunniside and Stanley, service 6 will operate via Burnopfield, Lintz Estate, Tantobie Road Ends and Tanfield Lea, replacing service M6/M7 through this area.

Although passengers from Flint Hill, Dipton and Annfield Plain will no longer have a direct bus to the Metrocentre, you can catch the X70 or our new service X72 to Gateshead Interchange to connect with our X66 Metrocentre shuttle.


M6 | M7 | M8

Passenger numbers on these services have been low for some time now, with many journeys operating with too few passengers for us to cover our costs. We have done our best to keep these services in their current form, but it is clear now that, despite best efforts, we need to look at new, more efficient ways to serve the towns and villages between the Metrocentre and Stanley. These services will therefore be replaced by changes to other services:

  • Passengers travelling to Stanley or Metrocentre from Tanfield Lea, Tantobie Road Ends, Lintz Estate and Burnopfield can continue to do so, on revised service 6
  • Passengers travelling to Stanley from Sleepy Valley and Tanfield Village will can continue to do so, on new service X72. 
  • Passengers travelling to Metrocentre from parts of Fellside Road and Broadway, along with Lambton Avenue and Duckpool Lane, will be replaced by new service 643


8 (Sunderland – Washington – Chester-le-Street – Stanley)

This service will additionally serve Brady Square in Washington, replacing a section of route on service 85. A new evening and Sunday service will be introduced so that services at these times could be simplified and run as a standard route 8 and 78, instead of 78A. Some of these evening journeys will run via Teal Farm.


16 (Durham – Stanley – Dipton – Consett – Castleside)

This service will be revised to run between Consett, Stanley and Durham only, no longer serving Castleside. Links to Castleside will be maintained on service 78, which will be extended from Consett to Castleside. Buses on the 16 will extend from Consett Bus Station to Tesco via Templetown to maintain access to the large retail facilities to the west of the town centre, and offer an improved service to Templetown. We will also be introducing new double-deck buses onto this route, as we know buses on this route get busy at peak times.


30 (Stanley – Lanchester)

UPDATE: Service 30 will be revised to run between Stanley and Quaking Houses only. New service 730, provided with support from Durham County Council, will continue to provide a service from Lanchester and Burnhope to Stanley, as well as Quaking Houses at times when the 30 service does not run, on Mondays to Saturdays.


31 (Stanley – East Stanley circular)

Minor timetable changes.


32 (Stanley – Fines Park)

There aren’t enough passengers using this service for us to cover our costs, so this service will be withdrawn. Frequent services between Stanley and Annfield Plain will remain on services 16, 78 and new service X72. Those living in Fines Park estate will remain within 400 metres of bus stops served regularly on the main road through Annfield Plain.


47 | 47A (Consett – Blackhall Mill – Rowlands Gill – Metrocentre – Newcastle)

Service X47 will be revised to become services 47 and 47A, offering improved links in the Chopwell and High Spen area. Services 47/47A will continue to operate the current X47 route as far as Blackhall Mill, every 30 minutes, but from Blackhall Mill will be extended to Consett, either via Medomsley Edge, Elm Park and Shotley Bridge, running as service 47 every hour (to replace service V9), or via Medomsley Edge, Medomsley, Pont and Leadgate, running as service 47A every hour (partially replacing service V5). Between the Metrocentre and Newcastle, the 47 will serve all stops. Between the Metrocentre and Newcastle, the 47 will serve all stops.


78 (Sunderland – Penshaw – Chester-le-Street – Stanley – Consett)

This service will now run via Pelton Fell instead of Pelton, Newfield and Grange Villa between Stanley and Chester-le-Street. From Consett, the service will be extended to Castleside to replace service 16.


V1 | V2 (Consett – Delves)

The timetable will be revised.


V3 | V4 (Consett – Shotley Bridge)

Service V4 will be withdrawn and service V3 will be revised to operate from Consett to Shotley Bridge Hospital, Medomsley Edge and onto the Dene, partially replacing services V3, V4 and V5. The local connections around Bridgehill, Blackhill and Shotley Bridge will be replaced by the revised X5/X15.


V5 (Consett – Medomsley)

This service will be replaced at The Dene by revised service V3, and at Medomsley, Bradley Bungalows and Leadgate by new service 47A.


V9 (Consett – Chopwell)

This service will be replaced and improved by changes to service 47, which will be extended to Consett on the existing V9 route from Blackhall Mill onwards. South Road/East Street in Chopwell will be served by the 10A instead of the V9, offering new links to Blaydon and the Metrocentre from this area. With these plans, there will be new Sunday journeys between Chopwell and Consett.


X5 | X15 (Durham – Consett – Shotley Bridge)

The route around Bridgehill, Blackhill and Shotley Bridge will be revised to replicate service V3/V4, as well as running to Shotley Bridge throughout the afternoon, providing better connections to Durham for people living in these areas.


X30 | X31 (Newcastle – Sunniside – Stanley)

Service X31 will be revised to operate via Dunston instead of Gateshead Interchange, following the same route as the X30 in this area. Combined, these services will operate every 20 minutes between Newcastle, Dunston, Sunniside and Stanley (once per hour as service X30 via Shield Row and twice per hour as service X31 via East Stanley). Any passengers travelling from Stanley to Gateshead will be able to do so by changing onto service X70, X71 and X72 at Sunniside, which will be timed to coordinate with the X30 and X31 for easy connections.


X45 | X46 | X47 (Newcastle – Metrocentre – Rowlands Gill – Chopwell/ Hamsterley Mill – Shotley Bridge – Consett)

The routes of services X45 and X46 will remain unchanged, but with changes to their times so that they are better co-ordinated. This will mean that buses will run at even 15-minute intervals (rather than 10/20 minute intervals at present) between Consett, Ebchester, Rowlands Gill, Metrocentre and Newcastle. Service X47 will be revised to become services 47 and 47A, offering improved links in the Chopwell and High Spen area.


X70 | X71 | X72 (Newcastle – Sunniside – Burnopfield – Medomsley/ Dipton – Consett)

We plan the introduction of a new service, X72, that will complement services X70 and X71, to replace parts of services 1B, 6 and M8. Service X72 will operate hourly between Newcastle and Stanley via Gateshead, Lobley Hill Estate (around Cragside Gardens and Rothbury Gardens), Sunniside, Tanfield Village, Tantobie, Flint Hill, Dipton and Annfield Plain.

Between services X70, X71 and X72, buses will operate up to every 20 minutes between Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunniside, Marley Hill and Crookgate. Services X70 and X71 will stay the same, except the X70 will omit Tantobie Road Ends, offering a quicker service for people travelling between Consett, Gateshead and Newcastle. Tantobie Road Ends and White-le-Head will continue to have a direct bus to Newcastle on the new service X72. The current limited once-a-day X72 service will be withdrawn.

East Durham

55 (Sunderland – Doxford – Houghton le Spring – Peterlee – Wingate – Hutton Henry)

In 2020, service 55 was revised to operate from Peterlee to Wingate and Hutton Henry, replacing service 206. Following discussions with stakeholders, this service will be revised to operate between Sunderland and Peterlee only, with service 206 reinstated to provide the hourly local connection between Peterlee, Blackhall, Hesleden, Castle Eden, Wingate and Hutton Henry.


62 | 62A (Sunderland – Seaham – Dalton Park – Murton – South Hetton – Easington Colliery – Peterlee)

These new services will be introduced to replace parts of services 202, 208 and 265 in East Durham. Service 62 will run hourly between Sunderland and Peterlee. Between Seaham and Easington Village it will follow the route of the current service 202, but calling additionally at East Moor Estate in Murton, replacing service 265 there. From Easington Village to Peterlee, it will run via Horden, running direct via Seaside Lane in Easington.

Service 62A will operate via the current 208 route between Easington Village and Peterlee only, serving the estates in Easington Colliery. Between both the 62 and 62A, there will be a bus every 30 minutes between Easington Colliery, Horden and Peterlee, as at present.


71 (Chester-le-Street – Houghton-le-Spring – Seaham)

UPDATE: Service 71 will continue to operate its current timetable.


201 (Peterlee – North West Industrial Estate)

Service 201 will continue to operate, but running via Lowhills Road instead of Lancaster Hill.

Passengers travelling from Lancaster Hill to Peterlee can continue to do so on Arriva North East services X21 and X22.


202 (Seaham – Dalton Park – Murton – South Hetton – Peterlee – Station Town)

This service will be withdrawn and replaced by new services 62/62A between Seaham and Peterlee. Crawford Avenue in Peterlee will be served by the revised 209/210. Links from Wingate and Station Town to Peterlee will be maintained by service a reintroduced service 206, and on Arriva services X21 and X22.


204 (Durham – Sherburn Village)

This service is revised to omit High Grange Estate.


206 (Peterlee – Hutton Henry)

In 2020, service 55 was revised to operate from Peterlee to Wingate and Hutton Henry, replacing service 206. Following discussions with stakeholders, this service will be revised to operate between Sunderland and Peterlee only, with service 206 reinstated to provide the hourly local connection between Peterlee, Blackhall, Hesleden, Castle Eden, Wingate and Hutton Henry.


208 (Durham – High Pittington – Peterlee)

Service 208 will be withdrawn, but with most links maintained by services 65, 204, and new service 62/62A that will run between Peterlee, Horden and Easington. A peak time express X62 will maintain a direct service between Peterlee, Easington Village, South Hetton and Durham for students that make use of service 208 currently.


209 | 210 (Peterlee & Horden circular)

These services will additionally serve Crawford Avenue, and will not serve the western part of Lowhills Road (which will instead be served by the 201).


239 (Easington Village – Peterlee – Sedgefield)

Minor timetable changes.


265 (Durham – Hetton-le-Hole – Murton – Seaham)

Service 265 will be increased in frequency, running every 30 minutes instead of the current hourly frequency, and renumbered to 65. There will also be later evening journeys, and a Sunday service added. The service will run the current 265 route, but with two small changes.

In Belmont, the service will run via Cheveley Park estate (to replace service 208 there), though it will operate via Buckinghamshire Drive only. In Murton, it will skip East Moor estate, which will instead be served by the 202.

The new, improved service will be numbered 65, and given its own unique brand and larger vehicles to provide greater capacity at peak times.


X1 (Newcastle – Washington – Houghton-le-Spring – Easington Lane – Peterlee)

This service will be extended once per hour from Easington Lane through to Peterlee via South Hetton, and once per hour from Easington Lane through to Dalton Park, providing new direct links from Washington to Dalton Park and Peterlee.


X6 | X7 (Sunderland – Seaham – Dalton Park – Peterlee)

Service X7 has been suspended throughout the pandemic and will not be reinstated, due to low passenger numbers.

 

Changes in other areas

41 (Hadrian Park – Battle Hill – Wallsend – Howdon) 

Following passenger requests, alternate journeys will operate the opposite way around Holy Cross, running as service 41A. 


Q3 (Great Park – Newcastle – Quayside – Wallsend) 

The morning peak timetable is revised to remove short journeys operating to the City Centre, due to lower demand, caused by the re-location of the Sage offices. 


X9 (Newcastle – Peterlee – Billingham – Middlesbrough)

Service X9 will be reinstated, with service X10 returning to its normal route, combining to provide a half-hourly service between Newcastle, Gateshead, Heworth and Middlesbrough.


X84 | X85 (Hexham – Newcastle) 

Most journeys are re-timed to improve reliability.


Bus operators and Local Authorities across the region are working on future plans to improve bus services as part of the forthcoming regional Bus Service Improvement Plan linked to the Government’s National Bus Strategy that will bring an improved focus on matters such as highways infrastructure from April 2022, building upon more robust foundations following these changes.

You can have your say on this online at transportnortheast.gov.uk/bigbusconversation.