A new bus route has been launched for a six-month trial period linking communities in Hebburn with the town centre, Gateshead and Newcastle.
The 27X service is being provided through the South Tyneside Better Bus Partnership with Go North East at the request of a local councillor and in response to the results of a recent resident survey.
From 3 June it will run hourly during the day linking Victoria Road West, Victoria Road East, Black Road, and Argyle Street with Hebburn Town Centre, and limited stops to Heworth Metro, Gateshead town centre and Newcastle City centre.
Local people are being urged to make the most of the 27X during the six-month trial period as it will only continue after that if passenger numbers are high enough to justify the cost of the service.
Councillor Eddie McAtominey, Chair of the South Tyneside Better Bus Partnership with Go North East, has worked to secure the new bus service. He said: “This bus service will provide a vital public transport link for residents of Hebburn, and I would urge people to take advantage of the service. With major regeneration underway in the town centre, this is another useful step forward for the town.”
The new route is funded by Go North East and Nexus, who will assess passenger numbers during the six month trial period.
Roger Gill, Nexus Network Development Manager, said: “The South Tyneside Bus Partnership have worked together to provide the new express bus service linking communities in Hebburn with Heworth, Gateshead and Newcastle.”
Go North East’s Managing Director Kevin Carr said: “The new 27X service complements our existing Crusader bus service, along with Nexus service 515, enhancing the frequency of services between Hebburn and Heworth, with Crusader 27 providing additional links to both South Shields and Newcastle.”
The South Tyneside Better Bus partnership with Go North East, begun in 2010, sees South Tyneside Council and Nexus working with the local operator to plan a mix of commercially-operated and publicly-funded bus services across the borough.
Councillor Jim Foreman, Lead Member for Housing and Transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “We work with a range of organisations to bring the best possible bus services to communities across South Tyneside, and this improvement is one of the fruits of that close partnership working.”
The service will run hourly Monday to Saturday from 9.45am to 5.20pm, with the full route available from www.simplygo.com, www.nexus.org.uk, or by ringing Traveline on 0191 20 20 747.