Darlington & County Durham Service Changes from 17th May
From Sunday 17th May, we're making some changes to bus services within Darlington & County Durham
We're making some route and timetable changes on the services listed below in order to respond to customer feedback, suggestions and further improve punctuality.
Full details by service of all revisions are as below;
Service 1/1B will see a revised timetable throughout, with changes to departure times for most by a few minutes, to further improve punctuality.
Service 1 will no longer extend to Darlington College or Lingfield Point and will terminate in Darlington Town Centre instead. Passengers who currently travel across Darlington will be able to take advantage of frequent connection options available.
Darlington College passengers can board Service 9 or Service 10 from Darlington, which operate up to every 5 minutes between Darlington Town Centre and Darlington College.
Lingfield Point (peak only) passengers can board revised Service 2, which will link Darlington Town Centre to Lingfield Point, up to every 12 minutes, which is a much improved peak time frequency compared to the current Service 1.
Evening & Sunday Service 1B is relatively unchanged, however an additional 1840 ex Darlington to Bishop Auckland journey is introduced Monday to Saturdays.
Service 2 will be extended to serve Red Hall Estate across Darlington replacing existing Service 11, following suggestions from passengers for the cross town link to be reinstated. This link will open up access to employement and shops on both sides of the town, without requirement to change buses.
Buses will continue to operate up to every 10 minutes and will also continue to serve Yarm Road Industrial Estate and additionally Lingfield Point on certain journeys.
We're revising the existing Service 14/14A/14B to become 3/3A/3B with some timetable amendments to improve peak time punctuality.
Service 3 will operate every 30 minutes between Skerne Park, Darlington and Mowden. There will be a revision to the route in Mowden, with buses omitting Tees Grange Avenue due to issues turning around there. Furthermore, buses will extend to Hummersknott Academy, providing a direct link to/from Skerne Park. Barnes Road in Mowden will be served on a one way basis, in an attempt to further ensure punctuality.
Service 3A will operate to the same route as the current 14A, however there will be some timetable amendments throughout.
Service 3B will operate to the same route as the current 14B, however there will be some timetable amendments throughout and journeys will all terminate at Fitzwilliam Drive and will no longer extend to Whinbush, due to low passenger numbers.
Between them, Service 3, 3A and 3B will continue to provide a bus up to every 10 minutes between Skerne Park & Darlington, which more journeys serving Northgate too!
There will be a minor change from around 3pm on Monday to Friday afternoons, which will see most Service 4 journeys operate up to 5 minutes later than current. There is also some small amendments to early morning journeys to aid punctuality.
We're introducing a revised timetable on Service 5/5A to help combat punctuality issues experienced south of Newton Aycliffe. Furthermore, there are some small amendments to intermediate timings throughout.
We are also introducing some new, additional early morning and late journey changes, following feedback from passengers who need to travel at these times.
The following new journeys will operate from 17 May;
- 06:25 Service 5A from Darlington to Bishop Auckland, arriving at 07:35 (Monday to Friday)
- 06:30 Service 5A from Darlington to Bishop Auckland, arriving at 07:40 (Saturdays)
- 07:08 Service 5 from Shildon to Darlington, arriving 07:55 (Saturdays)
Also, the final late evening journey from Bishop Auckland, that currently terminates in Newton Aycliffe at 23:20, will be extended to Darlington, in order to provide a later bus from Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate.
The Monday to Friday journeys at 1716 from Framwellgate Moor to West Auckland and 1728 from Framwellgate Moor to Cockfield will start from Durham Bus Station at 1727 and 1739. This is due to very low usage. There are no other changes to the route or timetable.
Service 11 - Darlington to Red Hall (Withdrawn)
From Sunday 17th May, this service will be withdrawn and replaced by a revised Service 2, which will continue to link Red Hall to Darlington up to every 10 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes.
There is planned to be a small revision to the existing timetable following assessment of the service punctuality.
On Sundays however, there will be a major revision to the timetable, which will see journeys between Hurworth and Darlington reduced to operate every two hours due to low passenger demand.
Furthermore, also due to low passenger usage, no Sunday Service 12 journeys will operate around Dinsdale, Middleton St George or Trees Park Village. Buses will continue to operate between Darlington and Morton Park every hour however.
We're making a change to the frequency of Service 13A/13B on Sundays, which will see buses increased to operate up to every 15 minutes combined, to the same service level as Bank Holidays.
There are no other changes to the timetable.
Service 14/14A/14B - Skerne Park to Darlington/Harrowgate Farm/Whinbush (Withdrawn)
from 17th May, Service 14/14A/14B will be withdrawn and replaced by new Service 3/3A/3B. Buses will continue to link Skerne Park to Darlington up to every 10 minutes and also most other areas currently served.
Service 19 will see a revised timetable, with buses continuing to operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Unfortunately, for operational reasons, buses will no longer be able to serve High Grange Estate. Alternative stops are available on West Auckland Road and Rotary Way.
From 17th May, this service will see a revised timetable throughout, to better match capacity with demand and improve punctuality.
Most journeys will run to relatively similar times to now, except that the current 08:35 Service 21A from Middlesbrough will be withdrawn and will commence from Sedgefield at 09:21 instead.
A new 07:42 Service 21A from Stockton to Peterlee will be introduced, arriving into Peterlee at 08:55, to cater for demand from Durham villages to Peterlee in the morning peak.
The following Monday to Friday journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage;
- 08:02 from Peterlee to Sunderland, arriving 08:33
- 08:45 from Sunderland to Peterlee, arriving 09:11
- 17:50 from Sunderland to Peterlee, arriving 18:21
All other journeys will continue to operate, but to a slightly revised timetable.
The Monday to Friday schoolday journey at 1615 from Framwellgate Moor will finish in Peterlee Bus Station. As a result, it will no longer serve Essington Way in Peterlee, Easington Colliery or Easington Village. The morning bus at 0714 from Easington Village to Framwellgate Moor will continue to run as now.
The Monday to Friday journey at 0656 from Stanhope to Framwellgate Moor will run up to three minutes earlier between Stanhope and Crook. This will help the bus get to Durham and New College in plenty of time for people who work and study there.
We are also reducing the number of evening buses that serve Sawmills Estate in Brandon. This will minimise journey times between Durham and Crook when alternative buses are available to Brandon on the 49/49A. On Mondays to Saturdays, buses that leave Crook after 2030 and Durham after 2100 will run via Sawmills Estate. On Sundays and Public Holidays, buses that leave Crook after 1830 and Durham after 1900 will serve Sawmills Estate.
The Monday to Saturday journey at 1917 from Crook to Durham will be withdrawn due to very low usage. Alternative buses are available at 1847 and 1947.
The Sunday and Public Holiday journey at 1945 from Durham will be withdrawn due to low usage. Alternative buses between Durham and Brandon are available on service 46. Some Saturday morning journeys will also be retimed by a few minutes to improve punctuality.
We know that this service is not as reliable as you need it to be, so we are making some changes to the timetable to improve things. Buses will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays (hourly in the evening and on Sundays), but most of the times will change by a few minutes.
On Monday to Friday schooldays, the 0846 from Ferryhill Station to Bishop Auckland will start from Durham at 0805, while the 1350 from Bishop Auckland to Ferryhill Station will extend to Durham. This will provide more seats between Durham City Centre and the University Science Site at these busy times of the day.
And don’t forget…we have just reduced our fares between Leeholme, Coundon and Bishop Auckland so you can spend less on travel and more when you get there. Ask your driver for details.
These services will continue to link Durham with Bowburn, Coxhoe, Kelloe and Hartlepool up to every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays. However, most journeys will be retimed slightly to improve punctuality.
The Monday to Friday schoolday journeys that serve Durham Johnston School will start and finish at Durham Bus Station. Services 853 and 854 provide alternative links between Bowburn, Shincliffe and Johnston School. You can also get to the school by connecting with service 48 in Durham Bus Station.
Buses will continue to run up to hourly on Mondays to Saturdays, but most of the times will change by a few minutes to improve punctuality.
We know that you don’t like the double-deck vehicles that we sometimes use on this service, so we are replacing them with minibuses that are better suited to the country roads between Bishop Auckland and Toft Hill. Please remember to check the number and destination of buses before you board.
The Monday to Friday journey at 1704 from Framwellgate Moor to Durham (connecting to Middlesbrough) will start from Durham Bus Station at 1715. This is due to very low usage. There are no other changes to the route or timetable.
New timetables will be available very soon, online, on bus and in our travel shops and usual stockists.