Three Shuttle buses to serve Sunderland’s mass vaccination centre

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland
28 January 2021

Three shuttle bus have been launched to get people to the mass vaccination centre at Sunderland’s NHS Nightingale Hospital. 

Specially branded ConnectorShuttle buses are already running from Concord bus station in Washington and from today, Thursday 28 January, MetroShuttle buses will operate from Heworth Interchange (Stand D) in Gateshead connecting people with Metro services across the region.

These services are being delivered through a partnership between Nexus, the local NHS, and Go North East to support people travelling to the NHS vaccination centre to get the jab.

The third shuttle service from Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland city centre operated under contract to Nexus by Go North East and JH coaches will be available from Monday, 1 February.  

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “We’re all very aware of how important the vaccine programme is and well done to Nexus, the NHS and our bus company partners for organising these services.

The reassurance of this regular vaccine shuttle will be welcomed by health and social care workers and the over 70s receiving their invitations for vaccinations at the Nightingale.”

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Public transport has an essential role to play in getting people to Covid-19 vaccine centres. We have worked with the NHS and Go North East to provide these shuttle bus services to connect people to the Nightingale Hospital in Washington. 

“This is vital, as many people won’t have access to a car in order to get there to have their jab. This all part of the national effort to defeat coronavirus and get back to normal as quickly as we can.

“Passengers are reminded they must wear face coverings when on public transport, even after they have had the jab.”

Travel is for free on these Shuttle buses by showing the ticket from your earlier journey on other buses or the Metro, plus proof of your vaccination appointment (letter, email or text).

The ConnectorShuttle will run up to every 15 minutes, connecting with Go North East’s 56 service at Concord, offering frequent connections from Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. The service runs seven days a week, from just after 5am until around midnight each day.

From Thursday, 28 January, the MetroShuttle will run up to every 15 minutes from around 7am until 8.45pm, seven days a week, to the NHS Nightingale Hospital from Heworth interchange (Stand D), connecting with the Metro and many other bus services.

Go North East service 50 stops at the NHS Nightingale Hospital on its route between Durham and South Shields. The hospital is the stop after the Nissan factory if you're heading towards South Shields; the stop before Nissan if you're heading towards Durham. 

Go North East's service 56 (Newcastle - Sunderland) would normally be able to stop at the NHS Nightingale, but can't currently because of a diversion. We recommend that you get off the 56 at Washington Concord bus station and use the new ConnectorShuttle to get to and from NHS Nightingale. 
Shuttle from Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland, will be running from Monday 1 February.

More information on getting to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland and the mass vaccine centre at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

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