Service Changes in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear – from Sunday 5th April 2020
Start Date: 05/04/2020
Location: Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blyth, Carlisle, Cramlington, Hexham, Morpeth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Seahouses
There will be changes to some services in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear from Sunday 5th April 2020.
The changes include:
- An enhanced summer timetable for the MAX X18, increasing the number of buses between Alnwick, Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed
- Earlier Sunday morning buses between Newcastle, Corbridge and Hexham on Cross Pennine service 685
- New links from East Hartford, Nelson Village and Beacon Hill to Cramlington and the Northumbria Hospital on service 58 at Monday to Friday peak times
There will also be alterations to several other 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 new timetables for each service. Printed leaflets are available on buses and from the Alnwick, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Newcastle Haymarket bus stations.
Service 58: East Hartford – Cramlington – High Pit – Northumbria Hospital – Seaton Delaval – Seaton Sluice – Hartley Square
This service will have a revised schedule, better co-ordinating the times with the 57 between Cramlington town centre and the Northumbria Hospital. Most buses will run 5-10 minutes earlier or later.
On Mondays to Fridays, there will be earlier and later buses to East Hartford, Nelson Village and Beacon Hill, responding to customers’ requests for better links with Cramlington town centre and the Northumbria Hospital at commuter times. There will be fewer journeys between Cramlington and the Hospital at these times, but our ticket data show they are poorly used. Alternative buses are also available on service 57.
Cross Pennine 685/X85: Newcastle – Corbridge – Hexham – Haydon Bridge – Haltwhistle – Brampton – Carlisle
This service will have a slightly revised timetable to improve punctuality, with most buses running a few minutes earlier or later.
Following customers’ requests, there will be earlier Sunday and Public Holiday buses between Newcastle, Corbridge and Hexham. These will leave Newcastle at 0835 (arriving in Hexham at 0921) and Hexham at 0842 (arriving in Newcastle at 0928). In addition, the Monday to Friday journey at 0619 from Hexham (St Andrew’s Cemetery) to Newcastle will start from Haydon Bridge at 0608, providing an earlier link from this area.
MAX X10/X11: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Cramlington – Newsham – Blyth
There will be changes to the Monday to Friday schedule to improve punctuality (especially at commuter times). Some buses will run up to five minutes earlier or later.
In the evening, on Sundays and on Public Holidays, buses travelling on each route from Blyth to Newcastle will swap times. Buses that currently run as X10 will operate as X11, while buses that currently run as X11 will operate as X10. This is to better co-ordinate the times with other services in Blyth.
There will also be an additional daily journey at 2241 from Blyth to Cramlington, filling a one-hour gap in the current timetable. However, a small number of late afternoon and early evening buses will be withdrawn due to low usage.
MAX X18: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Morpeth – Widdrington Station – 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 31st October 2020.
Buses will run up to hourly between Newcastle, Morpeth, Amble and Alnwick (as now), then up to every two hours to Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed every day of the week. This includes Sundays and Public Holidays, doubling the number of buses that normally run between Alnwick, Seahouses, Belford and Berwick-upon-Tweed at these times during the summer season.
There will also be an earlier Saturday morning bus between Belford, Seahouses and Alnwick. This will operate all year round, improving access to employment in Alnwick and giving more time for day trips to places along the Northumberland coast or further afield.
MAX X20: Newcastle – Regent Centre – North Seaton – Ashington – Widdrington Station – Amble – Alnwick
The Monday to Friday journey at 0723 from Newcastle to Alnwick will run via the normal X20 route between Hadston and Amble, which means it will not serve Broomhill. Our ticket data show that very few people use this bus to travel to/from Broomhill and we have received requests for it to serve the new housing estate off Hadston Road.
There are no other changes to the timetable. Click here to download a copy of it.
Sapphire X21/X22: Newcastle – Regent Centre – Bedlington – Stakeford – Ashington – Wansbeck Hospital – Newbiggin
There will be minor alterations to the Monday to Friday schedule to improve punctuality (especially at commuter times). Some journeys will run up to five minutes earlier or later.