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Changes in Newcastle, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland from Sun 23rd March 2014 - Faster journeys, new links & later last buses

Start Date: 01/11/2018

End Date: 22/11/2018


Location: Newcastle

In September 2013 we made major changes to services in Newcastle, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland. We have listened to a lot of feedback from customers since then, and from Sunday 23rd March 2014 there will be further improvements to the network, including faster journeys, new links and later last buses.



In September 2013 we made major changes to services in Newcastle, North Tyneside and South East Northumberland. We have listened to a lot of feedback from customers since then, and from Sunday 23rd March 2014 there will be further improvements to the network, including faster journeys, new links and later last buses.

  • New service X30 providing a direct link from Blyth and Newsham to Regent Centre and Newcastle at Monday to Friday peak times
  • New links from Jesmond, Cradlewell and High Heaton to Four Lane Ends, Quorum, Killingworth and Cramlington
  • Faster and more reliable journey times on the X4 and X5 between Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval, Burradon, South Gosforth and Newcastle
  • Earlier morning buses from Newcastle, Gosforth and Regent Centre to Brunswick and Dinnington
  • Later last buses between Blyth, Bedlington Station and Ashington

 

The changes are described below. Simply click on the links to download full timetables for each service. Printed timetables are available on buses and from travel shops in Blyth Bus Station and the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.

This service will provide a new direct link from Blyth and Newsham to Regent Centre and Newcastle.

  • Buses will run hourly at Monday to Friday peak times, leaving Blyth at 0634 and 0734, returning from Newcastle at 1628 and 1728.
  • Direct route via the A189, A19 and the Great North Road.
  • Limited stop – buses will serve all stops from Blyth Bus Station to South Newsham (Park Farm Villas) via Union Street, Broadway and Plessey Road, then run direct to Newcastle calling at Regent Centre, Gosforth High Street and the Haymarket Bus Station only.
  • Fast journey times – only 40-50 minutes Blyth to Newcastle
  • Convenient connections with Metro and other buses at the Regent Centre
  • Great value fares, from £3.40 one way and £5.70* return
  • Fully transferable tickets, so you can travel out on the X30 and back on any of the X4, X5, X10, X11 or X13 (that’s up to 12 buses per hour between Newcastle and Blyth), or vice versa


Buses will use Bay 1 at Blyth Bus Station and Stand N at the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.

*Two zone Triple ticket allowing unlimited travel for one day on Arriva buses in the Tyne & Wear and Blyth Valley Triple ticket zones.

Most Monday to Friday peak-time journeys will be retimed to improve punctuality. Following customers’ requests, the Monday to Saturday evening journey at 2248 from Blyth will extend to Ashington. There will also be a new Monday to Saturday journey at 2316 from Ashington to Blyth. Together, these will offer later last buses from Blyth to Ashington and from Ashington back to Blyth.
 
Unfortunately, a small number of early morning and early evening buses will be withdrawn due to very low usage.

Most Monday to Friday peak-time journeys will be retimed to improve punctuality. A small number of early morning and early evening journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage.

On Mondays to Fridays, we are introducing two earlier morning journeys from Newcastle, Gosforth and Regent Centre to Brunswick and Dinnington. The first of these will give customers in Brunswick an earlier arrival in Newcastle City Centre by travelling via Dinnington.

This service will observe all stops between Newcastle City Centre and the Freeman Hospital, creating new links from Jesmond, Cradlewell and High Heaton to Four Lane Ends, Quorum, Killingworth and Cramlington. Most journeys will be retimed by a few minutes to allow us to serve the extra stops. A small number of Saturday morning buses will be withdrawn due to low usage.

Following customers’ requests, this service will observe all stops along the Great North Road between Newcastle City Centre and Gosforth High Street. This will re-instate many links that were lost when the 56 was withdrawn in September 2012. Most journeys will be retimed by 1-3 minutes to allow us to serve the extra stops.

Most Monday to Friday peak-time journeys will be retimed to improve punctuality and reliability.
 
Regrettably, due to problems with parked cars and taxis on Tynemouth Front Street, evening and Sunday buses from Tynemouth to Newcastle will run via Percy Park Road instead of Front Street, East Street and Sea Banks. These journeys will be retimed by 1-3 minutes.
 

Most Monday to Friday journeys will be retimed by 5-10 minutes to improve punctuality.
 
The Monday to Friday morning bus at 0612 from Whitley Bay to Newcastle will start from Blyth at 0548. This will offer a more convenient service to customers who need to be in Newcastle for 0700.
 

In September 2013 we introduced early morning and early evening journeys to this service to add to the daytime buses already run by Travelsure. This was done as a trial following requests from local residents to improve links for work. Unfortunately these journeys have been very poorly used and will run for the last time on Friday 21st March 2014. The Travelsure journeys will continue to run as now.

This service will have a revised route in Newcastle and Blyth to speed up journeys and improve punctuality.
 
In Newcastle, buses will follow their current route between the Haymarket Bus Station and Quorum Business Park, but then run directly to Burradon via the A189, omitting West Moor. The 52 and 54 will continue to serve West Moor, providing alternative links to Burradon, Quorum and South Gosforth.
 
In Blyth, buses will enter and leave the town centre via Plessey Road and Union Street, omitting Broadway, Renwick Road and Waterloo Road.
 
Most journeys will be retimed, but the X4 will still work with the X5 to provide a 15-minute Monday to Saturday daytime service (half-hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Burradon, Quorum, South Gosforth and Newcastle. A small number of Saturday morning buses will be withdrawn due to low usage.



This service will have a revised route in Newcastle to speed up journeys and improve punctuality. Buses will follow their current route between the Haymarket Bus Station and Quorum Business Park, but then run directly to Burradon via the A189, omitting West Moor. The 52 and 54 will continue to serve West Moor, providing alternative links to Burradon, Quorum and South Gosforth.
 
Most journeys will be retimed, but the X5 will still work with the X4 to provide a 15-minute Monday to Saturday daytime service (half-hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Burradon, Quorum, South Gosforth and Newcastle. A small number of Saturday morning buses will be withdrawn due to low usage.

Most morning journeys will run two minutes earlier to ensure they get to Cobalt Business Park for work start times. Most afternoon journeys are unchanged, but the last one of the day (at 1807 from Cobalt) will run five minutes later to give customers more time to get from work to the bus stop.

Last year we enhanced the Monday to Friday peak-time service to run every 7-8 minutes. When we did this, a lot of customers said they would have preferred some of the buses to run fast between Newcastle and Blyth. We’ve listened, and the X10/X11 will revert to running every ten minutes at peak times, freeing up vehicles in our fleet for the new X30. Buses will continue to run up to every ten minutes during the rest of Monday to Saturday daytimes (half hourly in the evening and on Sundays).

We are also changing the X11 route in Blyth so that buses enter and leave the town centre via Broadway and Waterloo Road, omitting Union Street. Together with X10, this will provide a great six buses per hour between Waterloo Road and Newsham.

Both X10 and X11 will have revised stopping arrangements in Tyne & Wear to speed up journeys. Buses will observe all stops between Blyth Bus Station and Southfield Green, then only call at the following places:

  • Great North Road, at the junction with Brunton Lane
  • Great North Road, at the junction with Polwarth Drive
  • Regent Centre Metro
  • Gosforth High Street
  • Barras Bridge (towards Newcastle only)
  • Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station


Buses will no longer serve the stops at Newcastle Racecourse or on the Great North Road at the junction with Norwood Avenue.

This service will have a revised route and stopping arrangements to improve punctuality and speed up journeys.

Buses will follow the current route between Newcastle and South Beach (Amersham Road). They will then enter and leave Blyth town centre via Rotary Way, Plessey Road and Union Street, omitting Broadway, Renwick Road and Waterloo Road.

Buses will observe all stops between Blyth Bus Station and Arcot Road End (near Seaton Burn roundabout). They will then only stop at the following places:

  • Great North Road, at the junction with Brunton Lane
  • Great North Road, at the junction with Polwarth Drive
  • Regent Centre Metro
  • Gosforth High Street
  • Barras Bridge (towards Newcastle only)
  • Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station


The X13 will no longer serve the stops at the Three Mile Inn on the Great North Road. The timetable will be completely revised with most buses running around ten minutes earlier than now. A small number of Saturday morning journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage.



This service will have revised stopping arrangements in Tyne & Wear to improve punctuality and speed up journeys. Buses will continue to serve all stops between Morpeth and High Clifton, which is where they join the A1 travelling towards Newcastle. They will then only stop at the following places:

  • Great North Road, at the junction with Brunton Lane
  • Great North Road, at the junction with Polwarth Drive
  • Regent Centre Metro
  • Gosforth High Street
  • Barras Bridge (towards Newcastle only)
  • Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station


The X14 will no longer serve the stops at Newcastle Racecourse and at the Three Mile Inn on the Great North Road.

The Monday to Friday morning journey that runs via Stannington Village, Stannington Station, Hepscott Park and Stobhill will follow the normal daytime route via the A1 and Loansdean. Customers from Stannington Village, Stannington Station, Hepscott Park and Stobhill who currently travel on this bus should use service 44. More seats will be provided on service 44 so there is space for everyone.

Services affected


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