***LAST UPDATED 9TH AUGUST 2020 21:00 BST***

We want you to be the first to know about what operators are doing to ensure you and their colleagues are safe and how the outbreak can affect your journey.

All operators we mention on TravelNorthEast.co.uk are working hard around the clock to ensure you are safe and safety will always be every operators first responsibility and below you can find the latest information for each form of travel.

AIR
BUS
TRAIN
TYNE & WEAR METRO
COACH
SHIELDS FERRY
DFDS FERRY
KEEPING SERVICES CLEAN

Wearing A Face Covering - AFFECTING ALL FORMS OF TRANSPORT: From 15th June 2020, if you are travelling on any form of public transport you are required by law to wear a face covering, any form of cloth face covering is sufficient according to Public Health England advice; for example covering your nose & mouth with a head scarf or cloth face mask is fine. Remember medical graded PPE is NOT necessary and these should be left for the NHS & carers to use in a professional setting only. For further information click here. The UK Government has given advice on how to make a simple and effective face covering at home, using things you already have in your home, to find out more on how to do it click here.

AIR TRAVEL

Travel Corridors: From 10th July 2020 you no longer need to self quarantine for 14 days if you arrive into an English airport from any of the "safe list" countries identifed by the UK Government (this includes arriving into Newcastle and Teesside airports). You can find the "safe list" which is updated as and when necessary by clicking here. You should also follow advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) which you can find for every country by clicking here.

Teesside Airport: Flights have now resumed and will continue to be increased over the coming weeks. You should contact your airline if you are affected. If you want to hear about Teeside Airport's 6 point safety plan which has been announced please click here.

Newcastle Airport: Flights have now resumed and will continue to be increased over the coming weeks. You should contact your airline if you are affected. If you want to hear about Newcastle Airport's 10 point safety plan which has been announced please click here.

You can find out your airlines website & contact details by clicking here.

Entry Into The UK

For details about entry into the UK click here

BUS TRAVEL

Temporary emergancy timetables from Monday 23rd March 2020 came into force check below for updates for your operator. If your bus operator or service is not mentioned below, as far as we are currently aware, the service is running as normal. Please note that buses are running with heavily reduced capacity, with buses seats cut to around 25% which means a bus service may display a "bus full" message if there are not enough seats to enable social distancing. Please allow extra time for your journey.

Haymarket Bus Station: Is only open for boarding only from 15th June 2020 to ensure social distancing between people boarding & alighting buses in the area. Passengers will need to alight the bus at the previous stop on Barras Bridge, St Mary's Place or St Thomas Street. Download information poster by clicking here.

Eldon Square Bus Station: Most buses will set down on neighbouring streets, passengers can board services as normal at Eldon Square bus station

Metrocentre interchange: Buses will drop off opposite the Metrocentre Interchange building allowing you direct access to the malls. If you are changing between services, you will need to use the access bridge to cross from the set down area to the Interchange building to board your next bus.

Middlesbrough Bus Station: From 6th July 2020 the bus station will once again be able to allow passengers to alight AND board buses in the bus station for all BUS services scheduled to depart up until 18:59. From 19:00 the bus station will be completely closed and buses will depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road (Arriva service X93 and buses towards Stockton) or temporary bus stops in Brentnall Street outside Brentnall Business Units (all other services). Coaches will depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road at all times. Grange Road will be closed until further notice.

Tyne & Wear Social Distancing At Stops/Stations: Click here for further details

Go North East: Please note that Go North East will no longer accept cash unless it is an extreme case and where they do, they won't give you ANY change. Please use contactless cards, smartphones and the Go North East M-Ticket app.

For timetables from 4th July 2020 click here.

Arriva North East: Please also note that Arriva North East will no longer accept cash unless it is an extreme case and where they do, they won't give you ANY change. Any change will be donated to the NHS COVID 19 appeal. Please use contactless cards, smartphones and the Arriva M-Ticket app.

Timetables from 26th July 2020
Arriva in Newcastle, North Tyneside, Tyne Valley and Northumberland
Arriva in County Durham, Darlington and Richmond
Arriva in Teesside, East Cleveland & Whitby

Yorkshire Coastliner: A temporary KEY WORKER timetable is in place with only two buses per day to/from Whitby and an hourly service between Scarborough & Leeds. Click here for the timetable. Timetable changing 5th July 2020 but we are waiting a new timetable PDF.

Stagecoach North East: Is running a reduced service. For full details of services and timetable links from 14th June 2020 click here.

Borders Buses are operating emergancy timetables and will increase these further from 29th June 2020.

Scarlet Band Bus and Coach Ltd is to suspend operation of service 16 (The Pink Bus) and service 20 from Saturday 4th April until further notice. In the County Durham area...

Service 35A (Bishop Auckland to Ferryhill) - operating a reduced timetable
Service 108 (Bishop Auckland to Wear Valley View) - Saturday timetable operating Monday to Saturday
Service 109 (Bishop Auckland to Oakenshaw - Saturday timetable operating Monday to Saturday
Service S1 (South Road Colleges to Gilesgate Moor) - operating a reduced timetable
Other services running as normal

Weardale Motor Services
84 (Crook Town Service) - Saturday timetable operating Monday to Saturday
101 (Stanhope to Bishop Auckland) - operating an hourly service to Crook, with journeys to Bishop Auckland at key times
X21 (Stanhope to Newcastle) - cancelled until further notice
Other services running as normal

Redcar (Local Link) routes are suspended. Customers are being encouraged by the council run buses team to use the TeesFlex bus service by Stagecoach.

TRAIN TRAVEL

You can download timetables for services below and see any service changes or important notices. However these change regularly to meet demand & manage social distancing on board, to remove unneccessary services and due to staff availability; to continue to provide a safe and efficent service whilst following Government guidelines and requirements.

Please check before you travel by clicking here and searching your journey (opens in a new window not related to TravelNorthEast.co.uk)

Northern Railway:
Route 1 (Alnmouth/Morpeth - Newcastle): (No Northern Sunday journeys on this route, see other operators) Click here to download timetable.
Route 2 Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle and Metrocentre:
Temporary Timetable Mondays to Saturdays. From 3rd Aug

Temporary Timetable Sunday. 9th Aug
Temporary Timetable Saturdays. 22nd Aug — 29th Aug
Temporary Timetable Sundays. 23rd Aug — 30th Aug
Temporary Timetable Monday to Friday. 24th Aug — 28th Aug
Route 3 (Bishop Auckland/Darlington - Saltburn): Click here to download timetable.
Route 4 (Carlisle/Hexham - Newcastle): Click here to download timetable.
Route 5 (Middlesbrough - Whitby): Click here to download timetable.

Transpennine Express:
Download temporary timetable by clicking here.
Please note weekday overnight and all day weekend timetables are subject to engineering works, check before travel.

You can check your journey at anytime by clicking here and use one of the journey planners

LNER: Anyone travelling with LNER will require a seat reservation, before boarding the train. If your ticket or e-ticket as a seat number on it you don't need to do anything but if it doesn't simply click here up to 5 minutes before your train departs and you can reserve one for FREE on the LNER website.

LNER have removed on-board catering and are also operating an alcohol free train policy, which means that alcohol is currently not allowed onboard any LNER trains. Whether open or closed, please do not try and bring this on-board or you may need to throw it away before boarding.

Download temporary timetable (Weekdays 3rd August until 4th September) by clicking here.

We are waiting for LNER to publish new weekend ones. You can check your journey at anytime by clicking here and use one of the journey planners

CrossCountry: CrossCountry continue to run an amendmended timetable which is changing regularly to meet demand and ensure safety. Check the latest updated timetables below...

Download temporary timetable (Weekdays - 6th July until 4th September 2020) by clicking here.

Download temporary timetable (Saturday 15th August 2020) by clicking here.

Download temporary timetable (Sunday 16th August 2020) by clicking here.

Please note weekend timetable subject to engineering works, check before travel.

You can check your journey at anytime by clicking here and use one of the journey planners

Grand Central: Services have now resumed with a limited temporary timetable. On the North East route there are 3 trains between Sunderland & London Kings Cross in both directions each day. Download a guide to times & how busy trains are by clicking here. You must reserve a seat to travel on Grand Central services by either pre-booking with your ticket or calling them on 0345 603 4852 (Option 5). You can check your journey & buy tickets at anytime by clicking here and use one of the journey planners

TYNE & WEAR METRO TRAVEL

The Tyne & Wear Metro, has recommenced a high frequency (normal) service to assist with social distancing as services become busier due to the easing of lockdown measures. Their is a train every 3-12 minutes across the network.

Please note that from Monday 29th June 2020 the Tyne & Wear Metro will be operating their normal, full timetable. You can download times by clicking here.

Haymarket Station: To assist with social distancing the entrance from St Mary's Place has been closed.  Please use the doorway from Northumberland Street to enter the station. The doorway near to the TravelShop and Haymarket bus station is now exit only.

COACH TRAVEL

National Express: They are currently running an amended timetable from 1st July 2020 including to/from North East, with additional journeys to/from North East added on 13th July 2020. Download the temporary service map by clicking here. You can checkout fares by clicking here.

Megabus: Relaunched routes from Monday 3rd July 2020, with a much reduced timetable and network. This will be extended as and when Government advice allows this to happen safely and when the demand is high enough. You can checkout fares by clicking here.

On both operators, face coverings are mandatory on-board, without wearing one you maybe refused travel by the driver. Please allow extra time to board the coach, allow space between you and your fellow passengers & the driver. Please don't stand in the aisles when waiting to disembark, allow people in front of you to leave first. When waiting to board the coach you should allow more time for others to get off the coach first.

SHIELDS FERRY

Only card payments will be accepted on the ferry.

Journeys are currently running to a normal timetable. Find out more by clicking here.

DFDS FERRY

Ferries are sailing to normal schedule from 15th July for all passengers.

Passengers should keep their distance onboard and follow the crew directions. Shops are now open with social distancing measures in place and we advise travellers to wear facemasks when boarding and onboard the vessels and in crowded areas onboard. In accordance with UK guidelines, face masks must be worn whilst in UK port terminals.

As per UK Government regulations, you are required to read the latest UK public health advice and related duties for entering and staying in the UK before you travel. Read more here.

For details about entry into the Netherlands click here
For details about entry into the UK click here

KEEPING SERVICES CLEAN

All operators in our region already have a cleaning regime for their vehicles however in light of this outbreak, operators are stepping up their processes to ensure a safe environment for passengers and staff.

Every operator in our region has said they are increasing cleaning of main customer touch points, for example grab rails, stop buttons, card machines and ticket vending machines at stations and onboard.

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