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Information about service changes in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear from Sunday 6th September 2015

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Improvements to Bus Services in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

From Sunday 6th September 2015

We are always looking for ways to improve services and make it easier for people to use buses. In June we consulted you about some plans for our network in Northumberland – we received a great response to this, including a lot of really good feedback and ideas. As a result, there will be some changes to services in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear from Sunday 6th September, including:

  • New regular and direct buses between Ashington, Wansbeck Hospital, Lynemouth, Ellington, Widdrington, Amble and Alnwick
  • More buses for the new Northumbria Hospital near Cramlington
  • A dedicated Cramlington local service, improving links in this growing area
  • Quicker journey times and more buses between Cramlington and Bedlington
  • A direct link between Newcastle and Kirkhill in Morpeth, and more buses for Lancaster Park
  • More MAX buses between Newcastle, Cramlington and Blyth

All of the changes are described below. Simply click on the links to download full timetables for each service. Printed timetables will be available on buses and from our travel shops in Blyth and Newcastle from Thursday 6th August 2015.

Please click on the service title to download a PDF copy of the timetable. Online interactive versions will be available very soon.

 

Service 2: Blyth – Bedlington Station – Bedlington – Morpeth

We are shortening this service to run between Blyth and Morpeth Bus Station, which will improve punctuality (especially at school start/finish times). New service X16 will provide an alternative link between Morpeth and Kirkhill.

Buses will continue to run up to every 20 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes, but will not serve Red House Farm. This is also to improve punctuality as well as speed up journeys for the majority of customers. The 43 will offer an alternative link for Red House Farm, while the X21 already provides a frequent service along Ridge Terrace.

Buses will run hourly in the evenings and on Sundays and will serve Red House Farm as now.

Service 33: Morpeth – Lancaster Park

We are extending this service to run hourly from around 0730 to 1800 on Mondays to Fridays and from 0830 to 1800 on Saturdays. Through fares will also be available from Lancaster Park to Regent Centre and Newcastle, changing buses in Morpeth.

Service 35/35A: Morpeth – Ashington – North Seaton – Newbiggin

There will be minor alterations to the timetable, including more buses on service 35A from Woodhorn and Newbiggin on Monday to Friday mornings. However, the Monday to Friday journey at 1757 from Morpeth to Woodhorn will finish in North Seaton due to low usage.

Services 43, 44 and 45: Newcastle – Cramlington, Dinnington and Morpeth

The 43 will continue to run up to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (half-hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle and Cramlington. On Mondays to Saturdays, one bus per hour will extend to Morpeth via Shankhouse, Bedlington, Red House Farm, Nedderton Village and Hepscott Park. This will work alongside the 57 to give you two buses per hour between Cramlington and Bedlington. However, it will replace service 2 at Red House Farm and the 57A between Cramlington and Morpeth. Click here to download the timetable

The 44 will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Hazlerigg and Dinnington. On Mondays to Saturdays, one bus per hour will extend to Morpeth (as now) via Stannington Village, Stannington Station, Hepscott Park and Stobhill. However, the early morning and late afternoon buses on this section of route are being withdrawn due to very low usage. Click here to download the timetable

The 45 will also continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Brunswick and Dinnington. However, there will be minor alterations to the timetable to improve punctuality. Click here to download it

Don’t forget, the 43, 44 and 45 give you a bus up to every 7-8 minutes between Newcastle, Gosforth, Regent Centre and Wideopen, so just turn up and go!

Service 52: Newcastle – Freeman Hospital  Four Lane Ends Killingworth Cramlington

This service will use Stand W instead of Stand X in the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station. There will be no changes to the timetable

Service 53: Cramlington – Killingworth – Benton Asda – Shiremoor – North Shields

The Monday to Friday journeys that currently run via Cobalt will follow the normal route, omitting the business park. This is due to the increasing traffic congestion around Cobalt, which is causing buses to run late along the rest of the route. Some times are also being revised to improve punctuality.

Service 54: Newcastle – Longbenton Killingworth Shiremoor – Whitley Bay

This service will use Stand W instead of Stand X in the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station. Most journeys will run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now to improve punctuality.

Service 55: Newcastle – Four Lane Ends – Forest Hall

Most Monday to Saturday daytime buses will run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now to improve punctuality. Evening and Sunday buses will run up to five minutes later than now to give customers more time to get from work to the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.

We are also introducing an earlier Sunday morning journey that will arrive in Newcastle City Centre before 1000. However, a small number of Saturday morning buses will be withdrawn due to low usage.

Buses will use Stand X instead of Stand W in the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.

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

The 57 and 57A will continue to provide two buses per hour on Monday to Saturday daytimes (one in the evening and on Sundays) between Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Seaton Delaval and Cramlington.

Most of the route between Whitley Bay and Seaton Delaval will be the same as now. The only change in this area will be in Whitley Bay, where buses will run via Norham Road instead of Park View and Marine Terrace to minimise journey times.

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, the 57 (one bus per hour) will extend from Seaton Delaval to Ashington via the new Northumbria Hospital, High Pit, Cramlington, Nelson Industrial Estate, Bedlington, Guide Post and Stakeford. Buses will no longer serve Nelson Village or North Seaton. New service 58 will provide an alternative for Nelson Village, while the 35, 35A and X20 offer frequent links to North Seaton.

The 57A (also one bus per hour on Monday to Saturday daytimes) will extend from Seaton Delaval to Cramlington via Seghill, Annitsford and High Pit. Buses will start/finish in Cramlington and will no longer continue to Beacon Hill and Morpeth. The new 58 will serve Beacon Hill while the 43 will provide an alternative link between Cramlington and Morpeth.

Evening and Sunday buses will run as service 57A, maintaining links for Seghill and Annitsford at these times. They will also extend from Whitley Bay to North Shields via North Tyneside Hospital.

Coastliner 306: Newcastle – Coast Road – North Shields – Tynemouth – Whitley Bay

There will be minor alterations to the timetable to improve punctuality, better match capacity with demand and reduce congestion in the Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station.

We are introducing more buses between Marden Estate, Preston Grange and Newcastle on Monday to Friday mornings to improve links for commuters. Also, on Mondays to Fridays, the last bus from Whitley Bay to Newcastle will be 1421 instead of 1351. We hope to run later journeys in the future, but we do not currently have enough vehicles in our fleet to do this.

Coastliner 308: Newcastle – Coast Road – Whitley Bay – Seaton Sluice – Blyth

This is becoming a very popular service, so buses will run up to every ten minutes between Blyth, Whitley Bay and Newcastle at Monday to Friday commuter times. We are also making some alterations to the Monday to Friday afternoon timetable to improve punctuality.

Quorum Shuttle 555

We expect that the roadworks around Four Lane Ends and Quorum will be complete soon, reducing traffic congestion in this area. The 555 will therefore revert to running every 15 minutes at Monday to Friday commuter times.

There will be minor alterations to the times of the 554 to fit with the 555. Click here to download the timetable

Services C1, C2 and C3 (New 58): Cramlington Local Services

The C1, C2 and C3 will be replaced by new service 58.

At Monday to Friday peak times, buses will run up to every 30 minutes between Cramlington railway station, Cramlington town centre, High Pit and the new Northumbria Hospital. During the daytime and on Saturdays, buses will run up to hourly between East Hartford, Nelson Village, Beacon Hill, Cramlington town centre, High Pit, the Hospital, Seaton Delaval, Old Hartley and Hartley Square.

The 58 will not serve Holywell and Northumberland County Council is looking at alternative arrangements for customers in this area.

Service X4 (New X7): Newcastle – Quorum – Burradon – Seaton Delaval – Seaton Sluice – Blyth

This service is being re-numbered X7, but will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Quorum Business Park, Burradon, Seghill, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Sluice and Blyth.

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, the X7 will connect with the X8 in Blyth so you can travel between places in the north and south of the town without changing buses. Through fares will be available – click on the timetable for full details.

Monday to Friday peak-time buses will no longer run to the first roundabout inside Quorum to improve punctuality. Alternative stops are available outside the main entrance of the business park. The Monday to Friday journey at 0642 from Seaton Delaval to Blyth and the daily 2235 from Blyth to Seaton Delaval will be withdrawn due to low usage.

Service X5 (New X8): Newcastle – Burradon – Annitsford – Cramlington – Bebside – Blyth

This service is being re-numbered X8, but will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Quorum Business Park, Burradon, Annitsford, High Pit, Cramlington, Bebside and Blyth.

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, the X8 will connect with the X7 in Blyth so you can travel between places in the north and south of the town without changing buses. Through fares will be available – click on the timetable for full details.

Monday to Friday peak-time buses will no longer run to the first roundabout inside Quorum to improve punctuality. Alternative stops are available outside the main entrance of the business park. Following customers’ requests, there will be a new Monday to Friday journey at 0627 from Newcastle, arriving at Quorum for 0645 and in Blyth at 0735.

Cobalt Express X9 (New X6): Newcastle – Cobalt Business Park

This service is being re-numbered X6, but will continue to run every 30 minutes between Newcastle and Cobalt Business Park at Monday to Friday commuter times. There will be minor changes to the timetable to improve punctuality.

MAX X10/X11: Newcastle – Cramlington – Newsham – Blyth

We have seen a big increase in passenger numbers since we upgraded this service to MAX last year. As a result, we are introducing an earlier bus from Blyth to Newcastle on Mondays to Fridays, which will get you into the city centre at 0600. There will also be an earlier journey from Newcastle to Blyth, and the ten-minute service will run for longer on Saturdays.

However, a small number of journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage, including the daily 2238 from Blyth to Cramlington.

Service X13 (New X9): Newcastle – Cramlington – South Beach – Blyth

This service is being re-numbered X9, but will continue to run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Newcastle, Cramlington, High Pit, South Beach and Blyth.

In Blyth, buses will run via Renwick Road and Waterloo Road instead of Sandringham Drive, Plessey Road and Union Street, which will improve access to the town centre. Following customers’ requests, we are also introducing a later journey from Newcastle to Blyth on Sundays, which will leave the Haymarket Bus Station at 1825.

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

The Monday to Friday journey at 0749 from Thropton will leave at 0733 to ensure it gets to Morpeth in plenty of time for customers who work and go to school there. Following requests, this bus will also continue to Newcastle.

Most other journeys will run 1-2 minutes earlier or later than now. The buses that currently run between Newcastle and Morpeth only will become part of new service X16 (see below).

MAX X15: Newcastle – Morpeth – Felton – Shilbottle – Alnwick – Belford – Berwick

All buses will run via Wagonway Road in Alnwick to improve links for this area. Some Monday to Friday morning buses will be retimed to run up to ten minutes earlier to improve punctuality. The Monday to Friday journey at 0719 from Alnwick to Morpeth will be withdrawn due to the loss of our contract with Northumberland College.

New X16: Newcastle – Morpeth – Kirkhill

This new service will run up to every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (hourly in the evening and on Sundays) between Kirkhill and Morpeth. It will replace service 2 on this section of route.

On Monday to Saturday daytimes, one bus per hour will extend from Morpeth to the Regent Centre and Newcastle, creating new links between Kirkhill and Newcastle. The X16 will work alongside the X14, X15 and X18 to offer a bus up to every 15 minutes between Morpeth and Newcastle.

MAX X18: Newcastle – Morpeth – Widdrington – Amble – Alnwick – Seahouses – Belford – Berwick

The Monday to Friday journey at 0735 from Amble to Morpeth will be withdrawn due to low usage. There are alternative buses at 0710 and 0835 to Morpeth, and at 0738 as far as Widdrington Station.

Service X20/20: Newcastle – A189 – Ashington – Widdrington – Amble – Alnwick

We are extending this service from Amble to Alnwick, with buses running hourly on Monday to Saturday daytimes via Warkworth and Alnmouth Station. This will:

  • Create new links between Ashington, Wansbeck Hospital, Lynemouth, Ellington and Alnwick
  • Improve our service between Amble, Warkworth and Alnwick from one to two buses per hour on Monday to Saturday daytimes. The X20 will work with the current X18 here to provide a roughly half-hourly service
  • Reduce waiting times between buses and trains at Alnmouth railway station
  • Improve timekeeping on the existing route between Newcastle and Amble

All buses will run via Hadston Square, re-instating an hourly service in this area. Buses will also run via Alexandra Road instead of Hawthorn Road in Ashington.

Buses will operate as X20 for the whole journey between Newcastle and Alnwick, so you only have to look for one number. However, most of the current times will change by a few minutes.

Sapphire X21/X22: Newcastle – Bedlington – Stakeford – Ashington – Newbiggin

There will be minor alterations to both the X21 and X22 timetables to improve punctuality and better match capacity with demand.

The Monday to Friday journey at 0807 from Newbiggin to Newcastle will follow the normal route via Wansbeck Hospital instead of North Seaton. Students who currently travel on this bus from Newbiggin to North Seaton should use service 35/35A instead.

Following customers’ requests, the X21 at 2245 from Newcastle will extend to the Cresswell Arms in Newbiggin instead of finishing at Ashington Bus Station. However, school service 821 and the Monday to Friday journey at 0738 from Bedlington to Newbiggin are being withdrawn due to low usage.

Service X30: Newcastle – A189 – Newsham – Blyth

The morning journeys will run five minutes earlier than now, which will improve connections at the Regent Centre and in Newcastle. In the afternoon, buses will leave Newcastle at 1640, 1710 and 1740, and will pick-up from Stand T instead of Stand N in the Haymarket Bus Station (just like X10 and X11).

 

Coming soon, upgraded MAX buses for the X7, X8 and X9, offering free Wi-Fi, comfortable leather seats, a no quibble money back guarantee and the latest journey planning technology.

Don’t forget, all of our Coastliner, MAX and Sapphire buses (that's services 306, 308, X7, X8, X9, X10, X11, X14, X15, X18, X21 and X22) offer free Wi-Fi allowing you to surf the web or catch up with e-mails on the move.

Services affected

2
33
35
43
44
45
52
53
54
55
57, 57A
306
308
555
58
X7
X8
X6
X10, X11
X9
X14
X15
X18
X20
X21, X22
X30

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