Tyne & Wear

Changes to Arriva bus services in Northumberland and Tyneside

Changes are to be made to bus services in the Northumberland and Tyneside areas.

Arriva North East announced from the 16 September it will reduce some "under-used" services and increase services on more "popular" routes.

New links will be made but some services in Northumberland and Cramlington will cease.

A spokesman for Arriva said the changes will bring more buses and faster journeys for some.

Connecting services are being set up to replace some of the routes that are being lost, but The Oval in Blyth, The Avenues in Blyth, Spital and Newbiggin Colliery will no longer be served by Arriva.

North Farm, the Community College, Brierley Road, Bishopdale Avenue and Swaledale Avenue have also been removed due to low levels of usage.

The Service 52 and Commuter Express X12 service will both be withdrawn completely.

New services will be created linking Cramlington directly to the Freeman Hospital, and also one linking Newcastle to Doxford Park.

Arriva North East managing director Nick Knox said: "Unfortunately there will be a few areas that will see a reduced service, however, this is due to very few people travelling.

"We must make sure the local communities we serve have a strong, sustainable network of bus services and these changes are part of that process."

Full changes and new timetables are available on the Arriva website.

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