Revisions to Service Changes in Newcastle and Northumberland
Start Date: 01/11/2018
End Date: 22/11/2018
From Sunday 22nd March 2015, we're making some changes to Services in Newcastle & Northumberland.
We are always looking for ways to improve services and make it easier for people to use buses. We receive a lot of feedback from customers, and we are making some alterations to services in Newcastle and Northumberland from Sunday 22nd March 2015 in response to this.
All of the changes are described below. Simply click on the links to the right to download full timetables for each service. Printed timetables will be available on buses and from our travel shops in Blyth and Newcastle from Monday 2nd March 2015.
Service 1: Blyth – Bedlington Station – Ashington – Widdrington
A small number of Monday to Friday morning journeys are retimed to improve punctuality and ensure that everyone gets to work, school and college on time. There are no other changes to the route and timetable.
Service 20/X20 – Newcastle – Ashington – Widdrington – Amble
All journeys will run up to ten minutes earlier than now to improve punctuality and reliability. This also means that all Monday to Friday morning commuter journeys can be run by double-deck buses, ensuring there are enough seats for everyone. We regret that we have had to use some smaller buses recently and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Service 35/35A: Morpeth – Ashington – North Seaton – Newbiggin
All journeys will run via North Seaton Demesne, giving Manley View, Summerhouse Lane and South Side new frequent links to Ashington, Morpeth and Newbiggin.
Buses will continue to run up to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays). However, there will be minor alterations to the timetable to improve punctuality and as a result of the route change at North Seaton.
Service 57 will continue to serve North Seaton Demesne as now. However, over the next few months, we will be consulting customers and local residents about alternative destinations for this service.
Services 43, 44 and 45: Newcastle – Cramlington, Dinnington and Morpeth
We are increasing our fleet of double-deck buses for these services to ensure there are enough seats for everyone, especially at Monday to Friday peak times. There are no changes to the routes or timetables.
Service 46: CAV – RVI – Newcastle – Great Park
There are minor changes to the Monday to Friday afternoon timetable. This will improve punctuality and offer more convenient departures from the RVI to CAV for people who finish work at 1630 and 1700.
At CAV, buses will follow a one-way loop to speed up journeys. They will enter the site via Brighton Grove and Westgate Road, then leave via Studley Terrace (as now). As a result, buses will only pick-up and drop-off at the new stop next to the car park. The existing stop outside the entrance of the old General Hospital will no longer be served.
Buses will also serve two additional stops on Richardson Road (at the junction of Stakeford Road) and on Hunters Road (near to the BBC TV Centre).
Coastliner 306 and 308: Newcastle – Coast Road – North Shields, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Blyth
You told us that these services are not as reliable as you need them to be on Sundays and Bank Holidays. As a result, we are adding a bus to our fleet to improve timekeeping. Both services will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays, but there will be some alterations to the timetables.
Most Monday to Saturday buses will also run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now to improve punctuality.
Sapphire X21 and X22: Newcastle – Bedlington – Ashington – Newbiggin
We know that this service is not as reliable as it should be, especially on Monday to Friday mornings. We have looked closely at the causes of delays and we are making some changes to the timetables to reflect these.
The busiest Monday to Friday morning buses from Newbiggin will run six minutes earlier than now to give more time for customers to board.
Most other X21 journeys will run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now between Ashington and Newbiggin, which will improve punctuality along the whole route.
Unfortunately, a small number of late afternoon and early evening X21 and X22 journeys will be curtailed or withdrawn due to very low usage.
Coming soon, new great value fares for young people and students in Tyne & Wear. Buy one day and weekly tickets for use in Tyne & Wear only, or as an add-on to our existing Northumberland Student fares. Watch out for more details.
Also, we're adding more buses to the X18 timetable for the summer, making it easier for you to explore the spectacular Northumberland Coast. Watch out for details of the new timetable, which starts on Sunday 24th May 2015.
Don’t forget, all of our Coastliner, MAX and Sapphire buses (that's services 306, 308, X9, X10, X11, X14, X15, X18, X21 and X22) offer free Wifi allowing you to surf the web or catch up with e-mails on the move.