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Brand new buses from Newcastle to Newbiggin...

17 July 17

Arriva North East are excited to unveil 12 brand new buses on the X21 X22 service between Newcastle and Ashington. The state of the art buses feature striking new livery, comfortable e-leather seating, and the very latest in journey planning technology. There are many great features on board too, including usb charging ports, free WiFi and audio/visual next stop announcements – great if you aren’t familiar with the area or are new to bus travel.

The buses were officially unveiled at Ashington Leisure Centre by local MP Ian Lavery. There was also an information stand on Station Road, Ashington where Arriva staff were on hand to answer any questions from the public aswel as lots of giveaways. Ashington is the first area in North East to operate the brand new premium buses which represent an investment of £2.9m

Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the new and improved Sapphire brand to Newcastle and Ashington which we have now invested a further £2.9m in. These brand new buses will offer customers a new and improved experience, we’re confident that customers will be delighted with the new enhancements.

The Sapphire X21 X22 services operates up to every 10 minutes to Newbiggin and Ashington via Newcastle upon Tyne

Head into the bustling city of Newcastle
  1. Discover the wonder of science at the Centre for Life
  2. Bring out your inner star at Pop Music Experience
  3. Get sporty at Eldon Leisure Centre
  4. Catch a film at Empire cinema
  5. Visit Leazes Park
  6. See the latest show at Northern Stage
  7. Get hands on at The Great North Museum


Did you know the full family can travel unlimited all day for just £13.50*? You can keep the little ones entertained using the FREE on board WiFi and charging points while you take in the beautiful Northumberland scenery.

Discover Northumberland with Arriva North East 

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*Family ticket up to 2 adults & 3 children

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