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The ‘Feet Seat’ concept is demonstrated by Zoe Gibbons from Go North East's Customer Services team and Stephen King, Commercial Director, along with Managing Director Martijn Gilbert (right).
The ‘Feet Seat’ concept is demonstrated by Zoe Gibbons from Go North East's Customer Services team and Stephen King, Commercial Director, along with Managing Director Martijn Gilbert (right).

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Go North East tackles feet on seats with a quirky new solution

The region's biggest bus company, Go North East is launching a quirky new solution to the age-old problem of people putting their feet up on rear facing bus seats.

Dubbed the ‘Feet Seat’, it is a folding seat that leaves a flat surface for passengers to put their feet up, whilst the seat can be pulled down for sitting on, just like a normal seat, if the bus is busy.

Go North East is actively encouraging its customers to stretch out, put their feet up and relax in its feet seat zone when it’s not needed for seated passengers.

Three buses with the new design of seat will go on trial on the operator’s 309 and 310 bus routes across North Tyneside between Newcastle, North Shields, Whitley Bay and Blyth, which run up to every 7-8 minutes Monday-Saturday, and up to every 15 minutes on Sundays. 

Commenting on the idea, Go North East’s Managing Director Martijn Gilbert said: “We’re continuing to enhance the bus travel experience for our customers. The idea of the feet seat aims to tackle the problem of people putting their feet on seats, by providing a way for people to do this without getting the seat dirty and making things unpleasant for their fellow travellers.

"Modern buses like ours provide a high-quality experience, with comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi, power socket charging points and more. With great value weekly tickets as well, there’s never been a better time to get on board and give the bus a try.”

A £14 North Tyne WeeklySaver ticket is available for use on the buses, as well as all Go North East services in the North Tyneside area, including journeys to and from Newcastle City Centre, and on the 309 to Blyth.

The bus operator hopes to expand its ‘Feet Seat’ concept to other buses in the future if the trial proves successful.

For more information about Go North East, visit gonortheast.co.uk.

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Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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