Bus Service Changes starting 24 March 2013

Date: 08 Feb 2013

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TenServices 10 and 11

Over the last few months, Go North East have been developing ideas to improve services 10 and 11. We consulted with residents in the affected areas, with over 2,500 surveys being distributed, and staff travelling on board buses to talk to passengers about our plans. We’re pleased to announce we will be making the following changes from 24 March 2013:

  • TEN double deckWe are investing £2.6million in brand double deck new buses for service 10. These high quality vehicles are equipped to a high standard, with facilities such as on-board wi-fi, power sockets and next-stop announcements.
  • The service 10 group will be revised to operate every 30 minutes to Hexham as service 10, every 30 minutes to Rockwood Hill as service 10A and every 30 minutes to Prudhoe Rail Interchange as service 10B, replacing service 11.
  • This provides two buses an hour between Hexham, Corbridge, Riding Mill, Stocksfield and Newcastle. Although this reduces the number of buses, there will be more seats provided with an investment of £2.6million in brand new buses, meaning there is less chance of passengers having to stand.
  • The revised services provide four buses an hour between Prudhoe and Newcastle. Although this is a reduction from five buses per hour to four buses per hour, the buses will be better coordinated to provide a more even frequency. There will be extra buses at peak times between Newcastle and Prudhoe when buses are busiest.
  • Toon LinkConnections to Newcastle Business Park and Newcastle College will continue to be provided at peak times with service 11A. At other times, passengers for Scotswood Road will be required to change buses at Blaydon.

Sunderland Area

Over the last few months, Go North East have been developing ideas to improve a number of services in Sunderland. Go North East staff travelled on services affected to get the views of passengers regarding our proposals, and we’re pleased to announce we will be making the following changes from 24 March 2013:

  • Services 38/38A/38B – following passenger requests, the City Centre loop via Burdon Road and Holmeside will be reinstated. There will be a service every 20 minutes between Sunderland City Centre, Ashbrooke, Leechmere and Hollycarrside. Two journeys per hour will operate as service 38, continuing from Hollycarrside to Esdale Estate and Tunstall Bank Estate. One journey per hour will operate as new service 238 (see below), continuing to Houghton-le-Spring via Ryhope and Seaham.
  • Service 65 – this service will be replaced by service 265, part of our dedicated East Durham network. Passengers in Hetton-le-Hole and Low Moorsley will still have access to Durham, Murton and Seaham on the new service 265.
  • Service 202 – the 202 will continue to operate between Seaham and Peterlee, diverted via Dawdon. Between Sunderland and Seaham, this service will be replaced by new services 238 and X7 (see below).
  • Service 203 – between Seaham and Houghton-le-Spring, this service will be replaced by service 238, maintaining connections between these two towns. The section of the route between Seaham and Peterlee will be replaced by diverted service 202 and new service X7.
  • New service 238 – this new service will operate between Sunderland, Ryhope, Seaham and Houghton-le-Spring. This service replaces the 202 between Seaham and Sunderland, and the 203 between Seaham and Houghton-le-Spring. This service creates a number of new connections, opening up new travel opportunities.
  • New service X7 – we’re pleased to announce that we will be introducing a new, fast express service between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, serving Seaham, Peterlee and Wingate. This new service will be handy for commuters and leisure travellers, with limited stops making for quick journey times. Students at Sunderland University and Durham University’s Teesdale Campus can also make use of this new service.

Gateshead Area

Over the last few months, Go North East have been developing ideas to improve a number of services in Gateshead. We consulted with residents in the affected areas, with over 9,000 surveys being distributed in total, and had staff on board buses to talk through our plans with passengers. Following the analysis of these consultation results, we will be making the following changes from 24 March 2013:

We are investing £2.6million in new buses for service 10. These brand new, double deck buses contain state of the art features such as wi-fi, power sockets and next stop announcements, as well as increasing seating capacity, meaning there is less chance of passengers having to stand. You’ll start seeing these new buses on service 10 soon.

  • Service 10 will be revised to operate every 30 minutes to Hexham, every 30 minutes to Prudhoe (in place of ToonLink 11) and every 30 minutes to Rockwood Hill. Combined with revised ToonLink 11 this means there will be an increase to four buses per hour between Greenside and Newcastle.
  • ToonLink service 11 will be revised to operate between Newcastle and Blackhall Mill via Scotswood Road, Blaydon, Ryton, Crawcrook, Folly, Greenside, High Spen and Chopwell every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. This doubles the number of buses operating between Blackhall Mill, Chopwell, High Spen and Newcastle, and also doubles the number of buses between Blackhall Mill, Chopwell, High Spen, Ryton and Blaydon, as well as recreating the Folly to Newcastle service.
  • A small number of journeys on ToonLink services 31, 32 and 47 will be retimed.
  • On service 64/64A, all Sunday journeys, along with a small number of trips Monday to Saturday, will be replaced by additional journeys on Blaydon Racers 49C.
  • Blaydon Racers 49A will operate via Parkhead Estate South instead of Gibside View, with service 49B now omitting Parkhead Estate South, operating direct from Shibdon Bank to Winlaton. This will help to improve reliability of the service. On a Sunday, the Blaydon Racers service will be revised to operate all day as 49 and 49C.
  • Pulse service 69 will operate the current route of service 49A between Blaydon and Winlaton, to ensure a service continues to be provided around Gibside View.
  • The route of service 69 will be largely unchanged, to ensure that existing connections between Wardley, Leam Lane, Felling Square, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Low Fell, Whickham and Winlaton are maintained. There will be some minor changes to the route at Fewster Square and Beacon Lough.
  • Pulse Service 69A will be renumbered 67, and will operate between Wardley and Metrocentre only. The section of route between Blackhall Mill and Blaydon will be served by revised ToonLink 11. Passengers travelling from East to West Gateshead will still be able to do so on service 69, or by changing buses at Blaydon, Metrocentre or Newcastle using alternative services.
  • Service 67 will operate direct along Sunderland Road in Wardley, and there will also be a small rerouting in Dunston. The service will be diverted via Albion Street to create new links from this area. All of these route changes have the advantage of combining to provide faster journey times to Metrocentre.

 

East DurhamEast Durham Network

Over the last few months Go North East have been developing plans to improve the services which operate as part of our East Durham network. Go North East staff travelled on board our East Durham services over a number of days to discuss our plans with passengers and get their views. Overall, 84% of the passengers we spoke to said that our plans would make them travel about the same or more than they do at present, which provides strong support for our proposals. We also listened to the views of those who said they would travel less and made some amendments to our plans. The details of the service changes, which will commence from 24 March 2013, are provided below:

  • 65 – the main connections on this service between Seaham, Murton and Durham will be maintained by new East Durham service 265. Service 265 also partially replaces some connections on services 202 and 261.
  • 201 – unchanged
  • 202 – this service will now operate between Seaham and Peterlee only, being diverted via Dawdon to maintain connections to Peterlee currently provided by service 203. The section of the route between Sunderland and Seaham will be replaced by new services 238 and X7 (see below), with Westlea, Northlea and Station Road served by new services 238 and 265. Some journeys will continue to serve York Road, but a regular service is provided to this area on revised service 209.
  • 203 – the section of route between Seaham and Houghton-le-Spring will now be served by new service 238, which will extend to Sunderland to maintain connections from the Northlea area of Seaham. The section of route between Seaham, Dawdon and Dalton Park will now be served by service 202. A new service X7 will also be introduced, providing new faster links from Seaham to Sunderland and Peterlee.
  • 206 – the route of this service will be unchanged, however due to low passenger numbers the frequency of this service has had to be reduced. This ensures that connections are still available for the unique communities which this bus serves. The new X7 will operate via Wingate, providing new connections for this area. Two journeys (one in each direction) on service X35 will now serve Castle Eden and Hesledon, providing a direct bus to Sunderland.
  • 207/208 – the service will be revised to operate a simple, half hourly service between Easington Village and Peterlee via Paradise Estate, Holme Hill, Easington Colliery and Horden, effectively increasing the frequency on this section of the route. Lowhills Road will now be served by the revised 209.
  • 209/210 – this service will be revised to operate a simple, hourly service providing connections to Horden Hall Estate, Horden, Cotsford Lane, Thorntree Gill, Peterlee, Crawford Avenue, Lowhills Road and York Road, maintaining connections between the east and west of Peterlee, and making the service from these areas easier to understand with one, simple service number.
  • 220 – the number of journeys between Durham and Belmont Business Park will increase to three trips per day, and will operate as part of the 260 and 265 services.
  • 238 – this is a new service operating between Sunderland and Houghton-le-Spring via Dene House Road, Seaham, Northlea and Seaton, replacing parts of services 202 and 203 and creating new connections.
  • 252 – due to the sometimes difficult road conditions on this route, Go North East will no longer operate this service. Durham County Council are currently investigating options to maintain a service through the affected area.
  • 259/262 – these services will be revised to a simple, hourly 259 between Durham and High Pittington via Sherburn Village and Littletown, providing a regular service and higher frequency through these areas.
  • 260/261 – these services will be revised to a simple, hourly 260 between Durham and Peterlee via Cheveley Park, High Pittington, Easington Lane, South Hetton and Easington Village. This provides a regular, hourly service between Peterlee and Durham.
  • 265 – this is a new service, which replaces parts of services 65, 202 and 261. The route will operate between Durham and Seaham via High Grange Estate, Low Pittington, Hetton-le-Hole, Murton, East Moor Estate, Dalton Park, Westlea and Station Road.
  • X7 – we’re pleased to announce we will be introducing a new express service between Sunderland, Seaham, Peterlee, Wingate, Norton, Stockton and Middlesbrough. This service offers a number of new, fast connections for residents of County Durham, as well as speeding up existing links, such as between Seaham and Peterlee. The fast journey times should prove popular with commuters, students and leisure travellers.

We believe that these changes are positive for users of our East Durham network, by providing simpler services with regular frequencies and creating new connections.
 

North Tyne linksNorth Tyne Links

We’re making a small number of changes to our North Tyne Links services from 24 March 2013:

Services 40/41

  • The number of these services will be revised so that all services operating clockwise will show service 40, and all services anti-clockwise will show 41. This will help passengers making through journeys between Battle Hill and Howdon, but the majority of passengers will be unaffected by this change (as journeys from Wallsend to Hadrian Park via Battle Hill will still be service 40 and journeys from Wallsend to Hadrian Park via Howdon will still be 41).
  • Due to the lower number of passenger travelling on a Saturday, the frequency of service 40 will be reduced to every 15 minutes on a Saturday.
  • A small number of early and late journeys throughout the week will also be retimed or withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.

Service 80

  • Following discussions with Cobalt Business Park, some journeys on a morning and evening on this service will be withdrawn due to lower passenger numbers. Passengers can use services 19 or 309 to/from Cobalt and connect with other Go North East services at those times to complete their journey.

Services X22 and X88

  • Service X22 – the journeys which extend to/from Durham will be revised so that they are more consistent between schooldays, non-schooldays and Saturdays. There will also be an additional journey between Chester le Street and Metrocentre on schooldays.
  • Service X88 – due to lower passenger numbers on the section of route between Concord and Sunderland, this service will now operate between Concord and Metrocentre only. Passengers travelling from Sunderland can use service 56 to Concord, and transfer onto service X88.

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