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Service Changes in Darlington, County Durham and Hartlepool

Start Date: 05/04/2020


Location: Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Coxhoe, Darlington, Durham, Ferryhill, Hartlepool, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor, West Auckland

There will be changes to some services in Darlington, Durham and Hartlepool from Sunday 5th April 2020 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 new timetables for each service. Printed leaflets are available on buses, from Durham bus station and from various outlets across County Durham and in Hartlepool.

Sapphire 5/5A: Darlington – Newton Aycliffe – Shildon – Bishop Auckland

This service will have a revised timetable to improve punctuality and fit with alterations to the 7 and 8/8A. Some buses will run up to 15 minutes earlier or later, especially at Monday to Friday commuter times.

Following customers’ requests, the Monday to Saturday bus at 2240 from Darlington to Bishop Auckland will leave at 2250 and run ten minutes later throughout. On Sundays and Public Holidays, there will be an additional journey at 0850 from Harrowgate Hill to Darlington, replacing a bus on service 7 at this time.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Sapphire 6: Durham – Tudhoe – Spennymoor – Bishop Auckland – West Auckland – Evenwood – Cockfield – Barnard Castle

There will be some changes to the timetable to improve punctuality and reduce the impact of delays caused by traffic congestion around Durham and Bishop Auckland. Most buses will run a few minutes earlier or later.

Following customers’ requests, there will be an extra Saturday journey at 1754 from Durham to Bishop Auckland, filling a long gap in the current timetable. However, the Monday to Friday journey at 1754 from Durham will finish in Bishop Auckland due to low usage between there and West Auckland. Alternative earlier or later buses are available to West Auckland.

Some journeys between Durham and Framwellgate Moor will be withdrawn due to low usage. The remaining morning buses to Framwellgate Moor will pick-up and drop-off on North Road in Durham and will not serve the bus station. This is to reduce delays caused by congestion in the bus station. They will then run via Framwellgate Peth instead of North Road to Framwellgate Moor, serving all stops along the way. There will be no alterations to the afternoon journey from Framwellgate Moor, which will follow its current route and serve Durham bus station.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Sapphire 7: Darlington – Newton Aycliffe – Chilton – Ferryhill – Durham

There will be some changes to the route and timetable to improve punctuality and increase capacity during busy periods.

Buses will only serve the centre of Durham Gate at Monday to Friday morning and afternoon commuter times. This will speed up journeys for the majority of customers and improve punctuality, as buses are often delayed in the area.

Our ticket data show that most people who travel to/from Durham Gate do so at commuter times (when buses will continue to serve the site). At other times, buses will run directly along the A167 between Ferryhill and Croxdale. There is an alternative southbound bus stop on the A167 south of Thinford roundabout and we are working with Durham County Council on options for a new northbound stop nearby.

There will be more buses from Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Ferryhill to Durham between 0700 and 0900 on Mondays to Fridays, increasing capacity during this busy period. Most journeys will be run by double-deck buses too, ensuring there are enough seats for everyone. The normal 15-minute service will also run later on Saturday afternoons, but a small number of early morning journeys will be withdrawn due to low usage.

The Sunday and Public Holiday bus at 0850 from Harrowgate Hill to Darlington will be replaced by a journey on service 5 at the same time.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 8/8A: Darlington – Newton Aycliffe – Chilton – Ferryhill Station – Ferryhill – Spennymoor

This service will have a revised timetable to improve punctuality and fit with alterations to the 5/5A and 7. Some buses will run up to 15 minutes earlier or later, especially in the early morning and at commuter times.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 43: Durham – Broompark – Ushaw Moor – Esh Winning

The Monday to Friday journeys at 0755 from Durham to Esh Winning and 0820 from Esh Winning to Durham will be withdrawn due to low usage. As a result, some other Monday to Friday morning commuter buses will run up to five minutes earlier. There will be no other changes to the timetable. Click here to download a copy of it.

MAX 48: Durham – Bearpark – Ushaw Moor – New Brancepeth

Most Monday to Friday morning commuter buses will run up to five minutes earlier to improve punctuality and reduce the impact of delays on later journeys. There will be no other alterations to the timetable. Click here to download a copy of it.

Service 56: Durham – Coxhoe – West Cornforth – Ferryhill Station – Ferryhill – Kirk Merrington – Coundon – Bishop Auckland

This service will have a revised timetable to improve punctuality and fit with alterations to the 57/57A. Most Monday to Saturday daytime buses will run a few minutes earlier or later.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Service 57/57A: Durham – Bowburn – Coxhoe – Kelloe – Wingate or The Trimdons – Hartlepool

In January we teamed up with Durham County Council to extend this service and provide many new links between south east Durham and Hartlepool. These changes have been very popular, but some journeys have not been as punctual as they should be while others have suffered from overcrowding.

As a result, there will be some changes to the timetable with most Monday to Friday commuter buses running up to 15 minutes earlier or later. The busiest journeys will also be run by bigger vehicles to ensure there is enough space for everyone.

Following customers’ requests, all buses on the 57A will run via Town Kelloe between Kelloe and Trimdon Grange allowing us to serve the stops there. In addition, the Monday to Saturday journeys at 1826 and 1926 from Hartlepool to Trimdon Village will start from the Interchange instead of Victoria Road providing more connections with train services.

Click here to download the new timetable for the 57/57A. There will be no changes to service 58, which will continue to run to the current schedule.

Service ED1: Medomsley – Consett – Annfield Plain – Stanley – Sacriston – East Durham College (Houghall Campus)

This service will have a slightly revised timetable to improve punctuality. The times will change by a few minutes at some stops along the route.

Click here to download the new timetable.

MAX X46: Durham – Langley Moor – Willington – Crook – Tow Law – Stanhope

Some Monday to Friday morning commuter buses will run up to five minutes earlier to improve punctuality and reduce the impact of delays on later journeys.

The bus at 0648 from Stanhope to Framwellgate Moor will pick-up and drop-off on North Road in Durham and will not serve the bus station. This is to reduce delays caused by congestion in the bus station. It will then run via Framwellgate Peth instead of North Road to Framwellgate Moor, serving all stops along the way. There will be no alterations to the afternoon journey from Framwellgate Moor to Stanhope, which will follow its current route and serve Durham bus station.

Click here to download the new timetable.

Services affected

5, 5A
6
7
8
43
48
56
57, 57A
ED1
X46