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Service Changes in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - from Sunday 18th March 2018

Start Date: 18/03/2018


Location: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

We are making improvements to some of our services in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland from Sunday 18th March 2018. These include:

  • A new link from the Holystone Park housing development to Benton Asda and Newcastle City Centre. This new service (called 51A) will work alongside the 51 to provide a bus up to every 30 minutes between Holystone Village, Benton Asda and Newcastle on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays)
  • Quicker journeys on the MAX X7 from Blyth, Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval, Seghill, Burradon and Quorum Business Park to Newcastle
  • More Saturday morning buses on Cross Pennine service 685 between Newcastle, Hexham, Haltwhistle, Brampton and Carlisle
  • A later last bus on the Sapphire 44 from Newcastle to Gosforth, Regent Centre, Hazlerigg and Dinnington, every day of the week
  • An earlier Sunday morning journey on the MAX 306 from Tynemouth, North Shields, Billy Mill and Battle Hill to Newcastle

 

There will also be alterations to several other services to improve punctuality, better match capacity with demand and respond to requests we have received from customers.

All of the changes are described in detail below. Simply click on the links to download the new timetables for each service. Printed leaflets are available on buses and from the Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Newcastle Haymarket bus stations.

Service 1: Blyth – Bedlington Station – Ashington – Widdrington

There will be minor alterations to the Saturday afternoon timetable to better match the service level with demand. Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 2: Blyth – Bedlington Station – Bedlington – Morpeth

There will be minor alterations to the Saturday afternoon timetable to better match the service level with demand. Click here to download the new timetable.

Sapphire 43: Newcastle – Gosforth – Regent Centre – Wideopen – Dudley – Cramlington – Bedlington – Morpeth

This service will have a slightly revised timetable, with some buses running 1-2 minutes earlier than now to improve punctuality.

On Monday to Friday schooldays, one morning and one afternoon journey will extend to Morpeth Chantry School. This will maintain direct links between Hepscott Park, Stobhill, Morpeth Bus Station and Chantry School for students who currently use service 44, which is being withdrawn north of Dinnington (see below).

Click here to download the new timetable.

Sapphire 44 and 45: Newcastle – Gosforth – Regent Centre – Dinnington – Stannington –Morpeth

Service 44 will be withdrawn between Dinnington and Morpeth due to very low usage and changes to our contract with Northumberland County Council (NCC).

We understand that the Council is going to provide an alternative service for Blagdon, Stannington Village and Stannington Station, and full details will be available shortly. However, on Monday to Friday schooldays, one morning and one afternoon journey on service 43 will extend to Morpeth Chantry School. This will maintain direct links between Hepscott Park, Stobhill, Morpeth Bus Station and Chantry School for students who currently use the 44 at these times.

The 44 and 45 will continue to run up to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (up to half-hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Gosforth, Regent Centre and Dinnington.

Following customers’ requests, the daily bus at 2320 from Newcastle to Dinnington will leave at 2335 and run 15 minutes later throughout. However, on Sunday evenings the service level will reduce from hourly to one bus every two hours on each of the 44 and 45 routes. The times will be co-ordinated to provide hourly departures from Newcastle. Buses that leave Newcastle as a 44 will return as a 45 (and vice versa), so customers can travel through Dinnington complete journeys if necessary.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 46: CAV – RVI – Newcastle – Gosforth – Regent Centre – Brunton Park – Great Park

To improve punctuality, buses travelling from CAV to Newcastle and Great Park will not run into the RVI hospital grounds. They will instead serve the stop on Richardson Road outside of the entrance to the RVI Leazes Wing. Buses travelling from Great Park and Newcastle to CAV will continue to run into the RVI grounds and serve the existing stop at the entrance to the Leazes Wing.

Also, from 1630 to 1800 on Mondays to Fridays, buses between Newcastle, the RVI and CAV will run as a dedicated shuttle to reduce delays caused by traffic congestion around Gosforth. Customers travelling from Great Park, Regent Centre and Gosforth to the RVI and CAV (and vice-versa) should change buses in Newcastle.

Most Monday to Saturday daytime journeys will run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now as a result of the route change at the RVI. Click here to download the new timetable.

New 51 and 51A: Newcastle – Coast Road – Benton Asda – Holystone – Shiremoor – Earsdon – Whitley Bay

We have teamed up with Nexus and North Tyneside Council to introduce new service 51A, which will run hourly on Monday to Saturday daytimes (every two hours in the evening and on Sundays) from the Holystone Park housing development to Benton Asda and Newcastle.

The 51A will work alongside the existing 51 to offer a bus up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Holystone, Benton Asda, Benton Rise, the Coast Road and Newcastle. The 51A will also extend to Whitley Bay in the evening and on Sundays, improving the service to West Allotment, Shiremoor, Earsdon and Beaumont Park at these times.

Buses will be branded in a dedicated livery for the 51 and 51A and offer free Wi-Fi. We have some great fares too, with return tickets from £1.90 and unlimited travel for one day on all Arriva buses in Tyne & Wear for only £4.40.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 52: Newcastle – Freeman Hospital – Four Lane Ends – Killingworth – Cramlington (extending to Ashington and Newbiggin at commuter times)

The Monday to Saturday journey at 2040 from Cramlington to Newcastle will be withdrawn due to low usage. There are no other changes to the timetable. Click here to download a copy.

Service 54: Newcastle – Gosforth – Four Lane Ends – Killingworth – Backworth – Shiremoor – Whitley Bay

The Monday to Saturday journeys at 2046 from Whitley Bay to Newcastle and 2145 from Newcastle to Shiremoor will be withdrawn due to low usage. The bus at 2255 from Newcastle to Shiremoor will leave at 2245 and run ten minutes earlier throughout.

All Sunday evening journeys will be withdrawn, again due to low usage. The last buses will be at 1745 from Newcastle to Whitley Bay, 1845 from Newcastle to Shiremoor and 1846 from Whitley Bay to Newcastle. Alternative later journeys are available on the 55 from Newcastle to South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends, and on the 51, 51A or 308 from Newcastle to Shiremoor and Whitley Bay.

There will be no changes to the Monday to Saturday daytime schedule, and all buses will continue to run via Benton Park Road, Four Lane Ends and Benton Lane until Killingworth Road re-opens later in 2018. Our weekly Quorum and Killingworth Routesaver ticket is also still available at the special offer price of £10.

Click here for the new timetable.

MAX 306: Newcastle – Battle Hill – Billy Mill – North Shields – Tynemouth – Whitley Bay

This service will have a slightly revised timetable to improve punctuality. There will continue to be buses up to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (half hourly in the evening and on Sundays). They will also work with the MAX 308 to provide a bus up to every 7-8 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (every 15 minutes in the evening and on Sundays) along the Coast Road between Billy Mill and Newcastle.

Following customers’ requests, there will be an earlier Sunday morning journey from Tynemouth to Newcastle. This will leave Tynemouth at 0754, then serve North Shields at 0802, Billy Mill at 0809 and Battle Hill at 0816 before arriving in Newcastle at 0835.

Unfortunately, the Monday to Saturday journey at 2339 from Tynemouth to Newcastle will be withdrawn due to low usage. This means that the last bus from Tynemouth to Newcastle will be at 2309, serving North Shields at 2317, Billy Mill at 2324 and Battle Hill at 2331. A small number of Sunday evening journeys will also be withdrawn, again due to low usage.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX 308: Newcastle – Billy Mill – Whitley Bay – Seaton Sluice – Blyth

This service has recently experienced delays due a variety of roadworks, so we are adding a vehicle to our fleet to improve punctuality. As a result, the timetable will be completely revised with most buses running a few minutes earlier or later than now.

There will continue to be buses up to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (half hourly in the evening and on Sundays). They will also work with the MAX 306 to provide a bus up to every 7-8 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (every 15 minutes in the evening and on Sundays) along the Coast Road between Billy Mill and Newcastle. However, a small number of Sunday evening journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 552: Brunswick – Hazlerigg – Kingston Park – Regent Centre – Four Lane Ends – Tyneview Park

The Monday to Friday journey at 0710 from the Regent Centre to Tyneview Park will start from Brunswick at 0643 and run via Wideopen at 0645, Hazlerigg at 0648 and Kingston Park at 0658. This replaces Go North East service 496, which will be withdrawn. Our normal range of fares will be available on the extended route, but Go North East tickets will not be valid.

The Monday to Friday afternoon and evening journeys will run up to three minutes earlier than now to improve punctuality.

Click here for the new timetable.

Service 553: Regent Centre – Freeman Hospital – High Heaton – Walkergate – Wallsend – Battle Hill

There will be some changes to the Monday to Friday morning timetable to improve commuter links from Battle Hill to the Freeman Hospital and Regent Centre. The buses at 0628 and 0728 from Wallsend to the Regent Centre will start from Battle Hill at 0618 and 0718 respectively. As a result, the journey at 0648 from Battle Hill will start from Wallsend Metro at 0658.

Click here for the new timetable.

Quorum Shuttle 555: Regent Centre – Four Lane Ends – Quorum Business Park

The Monday to Friday early morning and late afternoon journeys between Regent Centre and Four Lane Ends, which we introduced as a trial in summer 2017, will be withdrawn due to very low usage. Alternative buses are available on service 552 at Monday to Friday commuter times. This journey can also be made throughout the day by changing buses in Newcastle.

The 555 will be unchanged between Four Lane Ends and Quorum Business Park. Click here to download the new timetable.

Cross Pennine 685 and X85: Newcastle – Hexham – Brampton – Carlisle

This service will run to a revised timetable to improve punctuality. Most of the times in Newcastle and Carlisle will be unchanged, but buses will run a few minutes earlier or later than now at other places along the route.

Following customers’ requests, there will be an earlier Saturday morning journey from Newcastle to Carlisle. This will leave Newcastle Eldon Square at 0545, then serve Hexham at 0641, Haltwhistle at 0710 and Brampton at 0733 before arriving in Carlisle at 0755. As a result, the current journey at 0903 from Haltwhistle to Newcastle will start in Carlisle at 0815, filling a two-hour gap in the timetable.

The Monday to Friday X85 journeys at 0629 from Highford Park to Newcastle and 1620 from Newcastle to Highford Park will be withdrawn due to low usage. However, the current 685 at 0628 from Hexham to Newcastle will start from St Andrew’s Cemetery at 0619, maintaining some of the links provided by the X85.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX X6: Newcastle – Cobalt Business Park

This service will have a slightly revised timetable to ensure buses run as punctually as possible. Click here to download a copy.

MAX X7 and X8: Newcastle – South Gosforth – Quorum Business Park – Burradon – Seaton Delaval or Cramlington – Blyth

Last July we diverted these services via West Farm Avenue to maintain links from Newcastle to Longbenton and Balliol Business Park during the closure of Killingworth Road. This has been very popular with customers from Longbenton, but we have also received lots of requests to speed up journeys from people who make longer trips on these services.

We’ve listened, and the X7 will run via Benton Park Road and Benton Lane between South Gosforth and Quorum Business Park, reducing journey times from Blyth, Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval and Seghill to Newcastle by up to seven minutes. Buses will continue to run up to half hourly on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays), but most of the times will change by a few minutes.

Customers travelling to Longbenton and Balliol Business Park will still be able to use the X8, which will remain on its present route. However, some of the times will change to fit with the alterations to the X7.

Click here to download the new X7 and X8 timetables.

Services affected

1
2
43
44
45
46
51, 51A
52
54
306
308
552
553
555
685, X85
X6
X7
X8

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