Arriva Bus Enthusiasts

Arriva is pleased that it has a following of enthusiasts, who are interested in the vehicles, services and history of the local bus companies.

We regret that health and safety considerations mean that we aren’t able to permit depot visits.

There are various bodies that can provide information of interest to enthusiasts, including these…



Much of what is now Arriva North East used to be United Automobile Services. But preparations for the privatisation of the National Bus Company changed all this in the mid 1980s.

The huge area covered by United was split in two. The northern part was sold to its management team as Northumbria Motor Services.

Its management-owned holding company, Proudmutual, passed to British Bus in 1994.

Operations in County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire were sold initially to Caldaire Holdings in 1987. This had been formed by the West Riding management team to buy its own company. (See also Arriva Yorkshire).

What had become North East Bus passed to the Westcourt Group in 1992 after some local reorganisations. In 1995 this passed to National Express and then to British Bus in 1996.

Today we provide services across the North East from depots in Alnwick, Blyth, Ashington, Newcastle, Hexham, Peterlee, Durham, Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Whitby.