Thursday 29th June 2017
Changes To Arriva In Durham Services

Arriva North East are making the following changes to services in Durham from Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Service 56/56A: Durham - High Shincliffe - Coxhoe - Ferryhill Station - Ferryhill - Coundon - Bishop Auckland: This service will have a revised timetable, with most Monday to Saturday daytime buses running up to five minutes earlier or later to improve punctuality.
The Monday to Friday journeys at 0704 from Bishop Auckland to Durham and 1750 from Durham to Bishop Auckland will not serve Mainsforth and Bishop Middleham due to low usage from these places. This change will also reduce journey times for customers making longer distance trips from Bishop Auckland, Ferryhill and Ferryhill Station to Coxhoe and Durham. However, the Monday to Friday morning bus at 0628 from Bishop Auckland to Durham will continue to serve Mainsforth and Bishop Middleham, along with Monday to Saturday evening journeys that start/finish in Ferryhill.

Service 57/57A: Durham - Bowburn Estate - Coxhoe - Kelloe/Hartlepool: This service will have a revised timetable, with most buses running up to five minutes earlier or later to improve punctuality. Arriva are also changing the route of service 57 in Kelloe to speed up journeys and improve punctuality. Buses arriving in Kelloe from Durham will run via the full outer section of Woodlands Crescent and Sharon Avenue to Morley Crescent, omitting the middle part of Woodlands Crescent and Ramona Avenue. Returning from Kelloe to Durham, buses will run directly via Morley Crescent and Sharon Avenue, not serving any part of Woodlands Crescent. Customers travelling from Woodlands Crescent to Coxhoe and Durham should board buses on their journey to Morley Crescent.

Service X12: Middlesbrough - Stockton - Coxhoe - Durham - Chester-le-Street - Gateshead - Newcastle: Arriva have been working hard over recent weeks analysing real time punctuality data for this service. The result is a significant revision to the timetable, primarily affecting morning and afternoon peak times due to delays buses often encounter in and around Newastle, Durham and Middlesbrough.

Most morning journeys will be retimed to run earlier than they do now, allowing extra time between Low Fell and Newcastle. In afternoons they are adding additional time in and around Low Fell, Birtley and Chester-le-Street for southbound trips, along with revised running times within Durham City Centre too.

In Newcastle City Centre, northbound journeys will be re-routed to avoid Blackett Street and will instead run via John Dobson Street, St Marys Place and Percy Street to Eldon Square - a route that will enjoy further bus priority upgrades over the coming months. The overall service frequency is unchanged and buses will still run up to every 30 minutes, with additional journeys at peak times between Durham and Middlesbrough.

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