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The Only Way Is Sapphire

15 September 15


Bishop Auckland Plays Host To Sparkling VIP Bus Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of 14 premium Sapphire buses on their service 6, by hosting a glamourous event promoting everything VIP.  The route runs between Durham, Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland & Cockfield.

On Tuesday Bishop Auckland Shopping Park played host to the exclusive launch of these VIP 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 buses are frequent too and run up to every 12 minutes between Durham & West Auckland.



And as no VIP event is complete without a celebrity guest, TOWIE star Dan Osborne made a VIP personal appearance and officially launched the service. There was also a special performance by members from North East Dance, as well as a DJ, party photography and lots of freebies for customers.

 Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East said: " We're delighted to be launching our fourth Sapphire route in the Durham area. We’ve been investing heavily in our local bus services and we are really proud of Service 6, which provides customers with buses every 12 minutes. They really do offer a VIP travel experience, adding a real sparkle to our customers’ journeys!”


Sapphire route 6 runs up to every 12 mins Monday to Saturday daytimes

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