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Sapphire - a ‘VIP’ Experience!

27 May 15



We are pleased to announce the launch of 7 new Sapphire buses on service 22 and 24, which run between Durham, Peterlee, Sunderland & Hartlepool

Durham Market Place & Dalton Park took centre stage on Tuesday when it was converted into a VIP celebrity hangout to celebrate the arrival of these premium buses, which offer passengers free WIFI, sockets to charge phones and tablets, audio visual next stop announcement, comfy e leather seats and their very own dedicated team of specially trained Sapphire bus drivers. The 22 and 24 services run up to every 15 minutes!


In true VIP style TOWIE star James Argent made a personal appearance and sang to a crowd of awaiting fans. There was also a DJ, party photography and free goodies

 Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East said: "We're delighted to be launching another Sapphire route in the Durham area. The bus service will offer customers a new and improved experience, we're confident that they will be delighted with the enhancements and we hope to encourage more people to join us on board. They really do add a bit of sparkle to people's every day journey!"

Sapphire routes 22 & 24 run up to every15 mins Monday to Saturday daytimes on combined parts of the route

For more information about the Sapphire service go to