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Service changes from 21 July

News   •   Jul 04, 2019 11:04 BST

There will be changes to a number of our services from 21 July 2019.

We need to make these changes in response to changing travel patterns, to ensure services continue to meet the demand for where the majority of passengers wish to travel.

We’re also providing faster journeys on some services, making it easier for you to get around by bus.

Details of the changes are listed below.


Coaster 1, 1A & 1B

  • Due to a change in Nexus contract, a small number of Saturday morning journeys will be operated by a different bus company. 
  • This means it will no longer be possible to buy Go North East tickets on this journey.
  • All other journeys will continue to be operated by Go North East with no change to route or timetable.
  • View timetable


Service 5

  • Due to loss of Nexus contract, service 5 will no longer run through the Tyne Tunnel to North Shields, instead terminating at Jarrow Bus Station.
  • Daytime journeys will additionally serve Jarrow Morrisons.
  • A different bus company will run new service 319 between Jarrow Bus Station and North Shields Town Centre every 30 minutes.
  • View new timetable


ToonLink 6 & 6A

  • The number of passengers travelling on the section of route between Sunniside and Stanley is low, and so the service will be revised to run every 30 minutes between Newcastle and Sunniside, continuing every 60 minutes to Stanley.
  • New travel options to Newcastle will be made available for some customers, as service X30 will extend once per hour to Consett via Annfield Plain and Catchgate.
  • The journeys which terminate in Sunniside will run via Hole Lane and Sunniside Front Street, and will additionally serve Watergate Estate, replacing Nexus service 643.
  • The Monday to Saturday evening frequency on service 6A will be reduced to hourly, but will be replaced by extra late evening journeys on services X30 and X70, providing faster journeys home from Newcastle on an evening.
  • All journeys on service 6 & 6A will now run via Team Street, Askew Road West and Redheugh Bridge, serving all stops.
  • The service will now depart from stand D in Eldon Square, and stand L in Metrocentre towards Newcastle.
  • View new timetable


Tyne Valley 10, 10A & 10B

  • There will be some changes to the times of this service.
  • Early morning, evening and Sunday journeys which serve all stops will run via Team Street and Askew Road West instead of Pitz Soccer. Passengers wishing to travel to this area will instead be able to use the extra later evening journeys on service X30.
  • Morning peak journeys will continue to run via Centrelink, and daytime journeys will continue to be non-stop between Metrocentre and Newcastle City Centre.
  • The service will now depart from stand D in Eldon Square, and stand K in Metrocentre towards Newcastle.
  • View new timetable


Blaydon Racer 12 & 12A

  • There will be some changes to the times of this service.
  • Sunday daytime journeys will now additionally serve Newcastle Business Park.
  • View new timetable


Services 15 & 15A

  • There will be no changes to the route or times, but the number of this service will change:
    • Service 15 will be renumbered X15
    • Service 15A will be renumbered X5
  • This service offers fast, direct connections between Consett, Lanchester and Durham, and will soon become part of our high specification X-lines network.
  • View timetable


Service 29

  • Due to change in Nexus contract, the journey at 6.36am from Kibblesworth to Gateshead will be operated by a different bus company. This means it will no longer be possible to buy Go North East tickets on this journey.
  • All other journeys will continue to be operated by Go North East with no change to route or timetable.
  • View timetable


Venture 30 & 30A

  • This service will be replaced by revised service M6 (see below).


Services 33 & 33A

  • Following requests from passengers, this service will be extended every 30 minutes on Monday-Friday daytimes, running from Silksworth to East Herrington via Farringdon and Gilley Law. This will reinstate direct connections between local communities in this area, as well as providing new opportunities to travel.
  • View new timetable


Red Kite 45, 46 & 47

  • To provide faster journeys for passengers travelling to Newcastle, these services will become non-stop between Metrocentre and Newcastle City Centre, and will be renumbered X45, X46 and X47.
  • Morning peak journeys will run via Centrelink, stopping additionally at Kingfisher Court, Teams Gas Works, Pipewellgate and Copthorne Hotel.
  • A small number of early morning and late evening journeys will remain all stops, and will be numbered 45 and 47.
  • The early morning journey on service 45 which commences from Chopwell will now commence from Blackhall Mill and run a standard 47 route via High Spen.
  • These services will now depart from stand C in Eldon Square.
  • Passengers who travel from Teams and Colliery Road will still have frequent connections to and from Newcastle, with the following services at different times of day:
    • In the morning peak – services 6, 10, 10A, 10B, 97, X45, X46, X47
    • During the day – services 6 and 97
    • Evenings and Sundays – service 6A, 10, 10A, 10B and 97
  • View new timetable


Services 50 & 50A


Service 64

  • The first journey on Mondays to Friday is retimed. All other journeys remain unchanged.
  • View new timetable


Service 90

  • Due to change in Nexus contract, the journey at 5.14am from Winlaton to Team Valley will be operated by a different bus company. This means it will no longer be possible to buy Go North East tickets on this journey.
  • All other journeys will continue to be operated by Go North East with no change to route or timetable.
  • View timetable


Loop 93 & 94

  • There will be minor changes to morning peak short journeys between Gateshead and Team Valley. 
  • View new timetable


Service 95


Green Arrow 97, 97A & X97

  • Service 97 will be revised to run every 15 minutes.
  • From Metrocentre, the service will be extended to Newcastle Eldon Square Bus Station via Colliery Road, Team Street, Askew Road West, Redheugh Bridge and Central Station.
  • Service 97A will no longer run, but the revised 97 means there will be more buses from Whickham to Newcastle, with a better choice of stopping places in the City Centre.
  • The service will use stand E in Eldon Square, and stand L in Metrocentre towards Newcastle.
  • Service 97 will now also use Hollinside Road in both directions at Metrocentre, instead of St Michael’s Way.
  • To replace service 97A locally around Whickham, new service 197 will be introduced, running every 20 minutes between approximately 9am and 2.30pm. This service will maintain local links around Whickham, serving Whickham Front Street, Whaggs Lane, Broadway and Parkway.
  • Service X97 will continue to run a peak times only. There will be slightly fewer journeys on service X97, but these will be replaced by additional journeys on service X30 to replace this through parts of Whickham and Dunston.
  • View new timetable


Tynedale Links 680


Service H1

  • This service will now be operated by a different bus company.


Metrocentre Mini M6, M7 & M8

  • Service M6 will now run directly between Stanley and Quaking Houses via South Moor.
  • The frequency of service M6 will increase to two per hour, with one journey terminating at Quaking Houses, and the other journey continuing to Lanchester via Burnhope, replacing service 30.
  • The route of service M8 will be revised in Whickham – it will no longer serve Swalwell Bank, instead running via Front Street, Duckpool Lane and Lambton Avenue.
  • Service M7 will now run from Stanley Bus Station to East Stanley only – but with the increased frequency of service M6 there will continue to be three buses per hour between Metrocentre, Fellside Road, Tanfield Lea and Stanley.
  • There will be some changes to stands in Stanley Bus Station.
    • All journeys towards Metrocentre will now depart from stand F.
    • Service M6 towards Quaking Houses and Lanchester will depart from stand J.
    • Service M7 to East Stanley and service M8 to Annfield Plain will depart from stand B.
  • View M6 and M8 timetable
  • View M7 timetable


Quaylink Q3

  • Towards Wallsend, this service will no longer serve Eldon Square, instead stopping on Newgate Street opposite St Andrew’s Church, where there is easy access to Eldon Square shops and other City Centre facilities.
  • There will be very minor changes to the timetable.
  • View new timetable


Venture V5

  • There is no change to the route or timetable of this service, however it will now depart from stand E in Consett Bus Station.


Services X9 & X10

  • Following passenger requests, the final journey Monday-Saturday from Newcastle is retimed to run five minutes later.
  • Travelling towards Newcastle, this service will now additionally stop on St Mary’s Place in Newcastle, improving access to the northern part of the City Centre.
  • View new timetable


Castles Express X21

  • Saturday journeys from Eldon Square at 5.38pm and 6.08pm will be retimed by up to two minutes later to avoid stand clashes. There will be no other changes.
  • View new timetable


ToonLink X30, X31 & X32

  • Service X30 will extend once per hour from Stanley to Consett via Annfield Plain and Catchgate, offering new travel opportunities from these areas. Peak time journeys will extend to and from Derwentside College, replacing service X78.
  • These journeys towards Consett will depart from stand C in Stanley bus station, and to Newcastle will depart from stand C in Consett Bus Station.
  • There will also be extra early morning and late evening journeys on service X30, with the first journey from Stanley now being 5.55am at Monday to Friday, and the last journey from Newcastle at 11.25pm Monday to Saturday.
  • There will also be some other minor changes to times on services X30, X31 and X32.
  • View new timetable


ToonLink X70 & X71

  • The will be extra journeys on service X70 on an evening, with the last departure from Newcastle now at 11pm, offering faster journeys home.
  • There will also be some other changes to the times of the X70 and X71.
  • View new timetable


Service X78

  • This service will be replaced by the revised X30.