Start Date: 01/01/0001
We are making improvements to some of our services in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear from Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Service Changes in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear
From Sunday 22nd May 2016
We are making improvements to some of our services in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear from Sunday 22nd May 2016. These include:
- More buses on the MAX X18 between Alnwick, Seahouses and Berwick, making it easier for you to explore the Northumberland Coast this summer
- A new route for Coastliner service 306 in North Shields taking you closer to the shops and other attractions in the town centre
- Earlier and later buses for Stannington Village
- More buses on an evening for Seaton Delaval, Seghill, Annitsford and Cramlington on service 57A
- A direct service between Stobhill estate in Morpeth and Cramlington, restoring a link that was withdrawn last year
Unfortunately, a small number of early morning and evening journeys will also be withdrawn due to very low usage.
All of the changes are described in detail below. Simply click on the links to download full timetables for each service. Printed leaflets are available on buses and from our travel shop in the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.
Service 43: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Wideopen – Cramlington – Bedlington – Morpeth
This service will run via Stobhill estate (Shields Road) in Morpeth, re-instating a direct link between there and Cramlington. As a result, all buses between Morpeth and Cramlington will run around 15 minutes later and journey times will be extended by 1-2 minutes.
There will be no changes to the Monday to Saturday daytime schedule between Newcastle and Cramlington, but a small number of early evening journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage. On Sundays, some early morning buses will run at revised times to improve punctuality.
Service 44: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Hazlerigg – Dinnington – Stannington – Morpeth
Following customers’ requests, there will be more journeys for Stannington Village, including an earlier bus to Newcastle on Mondays to Fridays and later buses from both Newcastle and Morpeth on Mondays to Saturdays. As a result, a small number of early morning and late afternoon journeys between Newcastle and Dinnington will be withdrawn.
All evening and Sunday buses from Dinnington to Newcastle will run up to 30 minutes earlier or later to improve punctuality.
Service 45: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Wideopen – Brunswick – Dinnington
There will be no changes to the Monday to Saturday daytime service, but some early morning and early evening journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage. All evening and Sunday buses from Dinnington to Newcastle will run up to 30 minutes earlier or later to improve punctuality.
Service 46: CAV – RVI – Newcastle – Regent Centre – Great Park
Due to very low usage, the following journeys will be withdrawn:
- Mondays to Saturdays – 2140 and 2240 from Newcastle to Polwarth Drive
- Mondays to Saturdays – 2155 and 2255 from Polwarth Drive to Newcastle
- Sundays – 1940 from Newcastle to Polwarth Drive
- Sundays – 0845 and 1955 from Polwarth Drive to Newcastle
Alternative buses are available on services 43, 44 and 45 for the majority of customers.
A small number of Sunday journeys will also run at slightly revised times to improve punctuality.
Service 57/57A: North Shields – Whitley Bay – Cramlington – Bedlington – Ashington
Back in March, we had to withdraw most late evening buses between Earsdon, Seaton Delaval, Seghill and Cramlington because Northumberland County Council removed its financial support for them.
We know that a lot of people were unhappy about this, so we have teamed up with Seaton Valley Parish Council to restore the full hourly evening service between North Shields, Whitley Bay, Seaton Delaval, Seghill and Cramlington. However, the Parish Council funding may only last for a year, so it is important that as many people as possible use the buses to ensure we can keep running them.
There will be no other changes to the route or timetable. Click here to download a copy of it.
Coastliner 306: Newcastle – Coast Road – Battle Hill – Billy Mill – North Shields – Tynemouth – Whitley Bay
This service will run via Northumberland Square in North Shields, improving access to shops and other attractions in the town centre. Buses will serve the stops on Northumberland Square in both directions, so the existing ones on Christchurch will no longer be used.
There will be no other changes to the route or timetable, except that the Saturday morning journey at 0655 from Newcastle to Tynemouth will be withdrawn due to low usage.
MAX X10/X11: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Cramlington – Newsham – Blyth
All journeys on the X11 will run via Laverock Hall Road instead of South Newsham Road in Blyth, providing a link to the new Portland Wynd housing development.
There will be no other alterations to the route, and the timetable (for both the X10 and X11) will not change. Click here to download the timetable.
MAX X18: Newcastle – Morpeth – Amble – Alnwick – Seahouses – Belford – Berwick
Summer is coming, and we are enhancing this service to make it as easy as possible for you to explore the scenic Northumberland coast and countryside. Buses will run hourly between Newcastle, Morpeth and Alnwick (as now), then up to every two hours to Seahouses, Belford and Berwick. The X18 will work alongside the Travelsure 418 to offer a great hourly link from Alnwick and Belford to the coastal villages of Craster, Embleton, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh. The X18 and X15 will also work together to provide an hourly service between Belford and Berwick.
In the evening and on Sundays the X18 will run via Alnmouth railway station, adding to the service already provided by the X20 on Monday to Saturday daytimes. We know that a lot of people would like the X18 to serve the station on Monday to Saturday daytimes too – we have looked at this, but there is not enough time for buses to make the diversion without affecting reliability elsewhere.
Click here to download the new timetable, including journeys on Travelsure service 418 between Alnwick and Belford.
For more information about these and other Arriva North East services click www.arrivabus.co.uk or call customer services on 0344 800 44 11.
Coming soon, simpler and better value fares for students and young people in Northumberland.
Also, we’ve just extended our popular range of Discover tickets, allowing you to explore North Northumberland with unlimited travel for one day, three consecutive days or a week on Arriva North East, Glen Valley and Travelsure buses around Alnwick, Amble, Berwick and Wooler.
Don’t forget, all of our MAX and Sapphire buses in Northumberland (that's services X7, X8, X9, X10, X11, X14, X15, X16, X18, X20, X21 and X22) offer free Wi-Fi allowing you to surf the web or catch up with e-mails on the move.