Friday 8th February 2019
Changes At Arriva In Darlington & County Durham

Arriva North East are making changes to some services in Darlington & County Durham from Sunday 17th February 2019, following detailed analysis of the network and feedback from customers.

New timetables for Darlington & Bishop Auckland are available now by clicking here.

New timetables for County Durham are available now by clicking here.

Service 1/X1: There will be a significant revision to the timetable on this service, following a review of service punctuality data. Whilst there are no planned changes to the Monday to Saturday daytime routes of service 1 and X1, evening and Sunday service 1B will be revised to operate as service 1, observing the normal route around Shildon, between Darlington and Bishop Auckland.

Service 2: A revised timetable will be in operation, with specific journeys diverted via Yarm Road Industrial Estate on an evening and weekend morning, to meet shift start and end times for employees located on the business park.

Service 3/3A: A revised route and timetable will be in place from the above date, which will see service 3B withdrawn and replaced by a revised 3A for a majority of the route. There will be no service to Fitzwilliam Drive from this date. All service 3A journeys will instead operate from Darlington, via Hundens Lane and Albert Hill, before re-joining existing service 3A route at North Road Morrisons to/from Harrowgate Farm. Service 3 will continue to an unchanged route, however there will be some revisions to the timetable.

Service 4: A revised timetable will be in operation, which will see evening journeys after 19:00 operating to an hourly frequency.

Service 5/5A: A revised timetable will be in effect, mainly around evenings when current service 5A journeys after 18:00 will be revised to operate as service 5 instead.

Service 6: This service will have a revised timetable to improve punctuality and better match capacity with demand. The Monday to Friday journey at 07:48 from Barnard Castle to Durham will start from West Auckland at 08:19, which means it will not serve Barnard Castle, Staindrop, Cockfield or Evenwood. As a result, the bus at 07:53 from Cockfield to Durham will extend to Barnard Castle, leaving there at 07:32 and Staindrop at 07:45.

Service 7: A revised route and timetable will be in operation following analysis of real-time punctuality data. Most journeys will be retimed, especially at peak times and evenings where the majority of existing delays occur. Weekday morning journeys that extend to Framwellgate Moor will be reduced from three to two, plus all weekday afternoon journeys will start from Durham Bus Station and will no longer commence from Framwellgate Moor, owing to congestion problems.

Service 8/8A: There will be a revised timetable in operation, following a review of service punctuality performance.

Service 12: A revised route and timetable will be in operation following a review of passenger usage and service punctuality, along with utilisation of the results of a passenger survey undertaken in November 2018. In Hurworth, all service 12 journeys are revised to operate to a one-way loop, with buses omitting Emerson Avenue and operating Neasham Road, The Green and Croft Road in a westbound direction (all journeys will operate in the direction towards Croft). In Middleton St George, all journeys will operate via Virginia Estate, following requests from residents for a more regular service for the area and the medical centre. There will be a revised timetable throughout.

Service 13A/13B: A revised Saturday timetable will be in effect, with buses running up to every 6 minutes.

Service 19: A revised timetable will be in operation, but there will be no change to route.

Service 56: This service will run to a slightly revised timetable to improve punctuality during Monday to Friday commuter periods.

Service 57/57A: This service will run to a slightly revised timetable to improve punctuality, especially during Monday to Friday commuter periods.

Service 86: The Monday to Friday journeys at 0640 from Toft Hill to Bishop Auckland, 07:10 from Bishop Auckland to Toft Hill and 07:40 from Toft Hill to Bishop Auckland will run up to ten minutes earlier throughout. This is to improve punctuality and fit with alterations to other services. There will be no other changes to the timetable.

Service X21: A revised timetable will be in operation, following analysis of service punctuality. In addition, the following weekday journeys will be withdrawn:

Service X66/X67: A revised timetable will be in operation following a review of service punctuality. There will be amendments to peak time journeys, both into and out of Darlington and Middlesbrough. In addition, due to low passenger usage, the 21:25 Service X66 from Darlington to Stockton on a Monday to Saturday evening and the 08:24 Service X67 from Stockton to Darlington on a Saturday morning are withdrawn.

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