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Service Changes in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear - from Sunday 6th May 2018

Start Date: 06/05/2018


Location: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

We are making improvements to some of our services in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland from Sunday 6th May 2018. These include:

  • An enhanced timetable for the MAX X18, increasing the number of buses between Alnwick, Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed until the end of the summer season on Saturday 3rd November 2018.
  • New Sunday (and Public Holiday) buses on the MAX X14 between Morpeth, Longhorsley, Longframlington, Rothbury and Thropton.
  • A later last bus on the MAX X20 from Ashington and Wansbeck Hospital to Lynemouth, Ellington and Widdrington Station on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • New stops for the MAX X20 and X30 at the end of Brunton Lane on the Great North Road in Newcastle, improving access to the Great Park.

 

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

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 57/57A: Ashington – Bedlington – Cramlington – Seaton Delaval – Whitley Bay – North Shields

The daily journey at 2257 from Cramlington will finish at Tilmouth Avenue in Seaton Delaval and will not serve Earsdon, Monkseaton or Whitley Bay. This is due to low usage and alterations to our contract with Northumberland County Council.

There are no other changes to the timetable. Click here to download a copy.

MAX X14: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Morpeth – Longhorsley – Longframlington – Rothbury – Thropton

We are introducing a new Sunday (and Public Holiday) service between Morpeth, Longhorsley, Longframlington, Rothbury and Thropton. Buses will run every two hours from around 1000 until around 1800, and most journeys will extend to/from Newcastle.

The new journeys are being added to our timetable following requests from customers and local businesses, and will operate on a trial basis until the end of October 2018. We will then review passenger numbers to determine if there is enough demand to run them permanently.

To improve punctuality and minimise journey times, all buses will omit the stops at the end of Polwarth Drive on the Great North Road in Newcastle.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX X15: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Morpeth – A1 – Alnwick – Belford – Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Monday to Friday journey at 0600 from Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed will leave at 0550 and run ten minutes earlier throughout. This is to connect with the popular Cross Country train at 0651 from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle, York, Leeds, the West Midlands and southwest England.

There will be a revised Sunday (and Public Holiday) timetable to better match capacity with demand. The buses at 1814 from Alnwick to Newcastle and 1943 from Newcastle to Alnwick will be withdrawn due to low usage. The remaining journeys from Alnwick to Newcastle will run one hour later, leaving Alnwick at 0914, 1114, 1314, 1514 and 1714. However, there will be no changes to the times of the remaining buses from Newcastle to Alnwick, which will leave Newcastle at 0943, 1143, 1343, 1543 and 1743.

To improve punctuality and minimise journey times, all buses will omit the stops at the end of Polwarth Drive on the Great North Road in Newcastle.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX X16: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Morpeth – Kirkhill

To improve punctuality and minimise journey times, all buses will omit the stops at the end of Polwarth Drive on the Great North Road in Newcastle. There are no other changes to the route or timetable. Click here to download a copy.

MAX X18: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Morpeth – Amble – Alnwick – Seahouses – Belford – Berwick-upon-Tweed

We are introducing our summer timetable on this route, increasing the number of buses between Alnwick, Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed until Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Buses will run hourly between Newcastle, Morpeth, Amble and Alnwick (as now), then up to every two hours to Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed on Monday to Saturday daytimes. The X18 will work alongside the Travelsure 418 between Alnwick and Belford to offer hourly links to the coastal villages of Craster, Embleton, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh. The X18 will also co-ordinate with the X15 to provide an hourly service between Belford, Haggerston Castle, Scremerston and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Our punctuality data show that buses are often delayed in Alnmouth village due to traffic congestion and vehicles parked on the narrow roads. These delays are extremely variable and can have a big impact on timekeeping elsewhere on the route.

To improve punctuality for everyone, we are reducing the service level to the centre of Alnmouth village from hourly to every two hours on Monday to Saturday daytimes. No buses will serve the centre of the village in the evening or on Sundays. However, all journeys (at all times of the day) will continue to serve the stops near Alnmouth Methodist Church.

To further improve punctuality and minimise journey times, buses will also omit the stops at the end of Polwarth Drive on the Great North Road in Newcastle.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX X20: Newcastle – Regent Centre – North Seaton – Ashington – Widdrington Station – Amble – Alnwick

In May last year we diverted buses to serve the new stop opposite the Coquet Grange housing estate in Amble. However, it has not been as popular as we expected so we are reverting to the old route in this area. This means that buses will run directly between Hadston and Amble via the A1068 and Percy Drive. The only exception is the Monday to Friday morning journey that operates via James Calvert Spence College, which will continue to serve the stop at Coquet Grange on its way into Amble.

We have received a lot of requests for a later bus from Ashington and Wansbeck Hospital to Lynemouth, Ellington and Widdrington Station. We have therefore teamed up with CELL Big Local to provide an extra Thursday, Friday and Saturday journey at 2100 from Ashington to Widdrington Station. This will operate as a trial until Saturday 3rd November 2018, when we will review passenger numbers to see if there is enough demand to run it permanently.

Buses will also serve the stops at the end of Brunton Lane on the Great North Road in Newcastle, improving access to the Great Park.

There will be minor alterations to the timetable as a result of the changes to the route and stopping arrangements. Click here to download a copy.

MAX X30: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Newsham – Blyth

Following customers’ requests, buses will serve the stops at the end of Brunton Lane on the Great North Road in Newcastle, improving access to the Great Park. There are no other changes to the route or timetable. Click here to download a copy.

Services affected

57, 57A
X14
X15
X16
X18
X20
X30

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