Nexus is providing two new bus routes to fill gaps in the network caused by the withdrawal of commercial services to and from Doxford, Washington and Birtley.
The 23 and 37 buses start service from Monday 14 June after Nexus responded to requests from local residents and workers at Doxford International to maintain much-needed travel links.
Tobyn Hughes, Director of Strategy at Nexus, said: “We have a limited budget to support services such as these, but in this case there was a clear argument to maintaining links to local services, shopping centres and employment sites along both routes.”
A new bus route, the 23, will provide local links in Birtley, Gateshead – running from the Barley Mow estate to the centre of Birtley and on through the Elisabeth Avenue and Lansbury Drive area to Birtley Crematorium every half hour Monday to Saturday between about 8am and 6pm, replacing parts of service 77
Once an hour between about 9.30am and 3.30pm it will go on to Wrekenton, Eighton Banks, Springwell Village and Heugh Hill to Washington Galleries, replacing service 184.
In Washington it will also now serve the London Avenue area of Donwell previously covered by service W6, and also the full length of Blackfell Road, which up to now has not had a bus service.
On roads without bus stops service 23 will stop on request so long as it is safe to do so. It will be operated by Connect Transport and paid for by Nexus.
A second new bus route, service 37, will link Washington Galleries with Doxford International Business and Technology Parks and Doxford Park shops via Shiney Row and the Herringtons, replacing Go North East service 37. In addition it will serve the Biddick Woods estate in place of service X3.
Service 37 will operate hourly Monday to Saturday between about 0730 and 1830, increased to every half hour at Monday to Friday peaks, and is provided by Compass Community Transport and paid for by Nexus.
This is in addition to Go North East's new Monday to Friday peak service 137 between Washington Galleries and Doxford International.
Go North East only tickets such as Buzz Fares are not valid on these new secured services. However Network One and concessionary passes will be accepted as normal.