Posted by: SB Websites | September 29, 2012

Durham Service Changes from 28/10/12

After the long process of identifying all the service changes coming into force from the 28th October here is a summary of all of them within Durham.

Arriva Express Services X1/X2 – Both will operate every 30 miutes throughout the day. The X1 is running a different route between Middlesbrough and Stockton running via Thornaby Railway Station, Teesdale University and the A66. Evening and Sunday journeys now see the X1 operate hourly throughout the year instead of hourly during term-time only and two-hourly outside of term-time. Some journeys will also be operated using double-decker buses to improve capacity. The X2 is also changing route serving Windsor Road in Birtley, John Dobson Street toward Newcastle and St Nicholas Cathedral toward Durham.

Arriva Service 6 – Upgraded to every 12 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes. Service consists of only route 6 with runs Durham – West Auckland with 2 buses an hour extending to Evenwood and Cockfield.

Arriva Services 7/7A – Continuing to run as every 15 minutes with all buses running as service 7. It will operate Durham – Darlington via Burnhill Way, Agnew Way and Woodham Way instead of operating through Central Avenue in Newton Aycliffe. The 7 will cease to operate to Framwellgate Moor, the Arnison Centre and Brasside except from 2 journeys each way which extend to Framwellgate Moor.

Go North East Services 15/15A -These will operate to the same timetable of operating every 30 minutes throughout Monday to Saturday daytimes. Double-deckers are also to be introduced to handle extra capacity at peak times.

Arriva Service 22 – The 22 is being upgraded to operate every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on evenings and Sundays. The 22 will operate the normal route (Durham – Thornley and Wheatley Hill) then run via Shotton Colliery, Peterlee, Horden and Blackhall terminating at Hartlepool. The 22 has been timed to offer a service every 15 minutes between Peterlee and Hartlepool and every 15 minutes between Peterlee and Durham.

Arriva Express Service X24 – The X24 is being upgraded to run two-hourly between Durham and the Metrocentre via Chester-le-Street. It is also serving Barley Mow Shops, Station Lane  and Windsor Road in Birtley. The service is no longer serving Bishop Auckland.

Arriva Services 24/24A/24B/24X – Simplification is being put in force to offer a half-hourly service on Monday to Saturday daytimes between Durham, Peterlee and Sunderland. All services run as the 24 only through Sherburn Village, Shadforth, Ludworth, Haswell, Shotton Colliery, Peterlee, Easington Village, Dalton Park, New Seaham and Ryhope then toward Sunderland. On evenings and Sundays the 24 will operate to Easington Colliery. Peak time only service 24X will continue to run express between Framwellgate Moor and Peterlee.

*NEW* Arriva Service 42 – The new service 2 is a new direct hourly link between Durham, the Arnison Centre and Brasside. There is no Sunday or evening service.

Arriva Service 43 – The 43 is being upgraded to every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and continuing to operate hourly on evenings and Sundays. Double-deckers are also being introduced to the route ease capacity at peak times.

Go North East ‘Diamond’ Services 43/44 – Service 44 will no longer serve White-le-Head, Tantobie and Clough Dene. It will now operate via Flint Hall and Pickering Nook

*NEW* Arriva Service 46 – The 46 has returned giving a direct link between Crook and Durham every 20 minutes and running hourly on evenings and Sundays.
At peak times on Mondays to Fridays, the 46 will extend to Stanhope running via Tow Law, Wolsingham and Frosterley once in each direction.

Arriva Service 48 – The 48 will continue to operate every 20 minutes throughout Monday to Satuday daytimes and hourly on evenings and Sundays. The 48 will now only operate between New Brancepeth and Durham at all times.

*NEW* Classic Coaches 48A – Classic Coaches are now operating a few evening journeys for service 48 Durham to New Brancepeth and Brandon. These services will operate after Arriva’s service finishes (from approximately 8pm) and it’s contracted to Durham County Council.

Arriva Services 49/49A – The 49 and 49A will now operate a new circular service around Brandon operating to every 10 minutes Durham – Brandon and every 20 minutes around the circle in each direction. The new route is the same as before from Durham to Langley Moor Boyne Hotel. Then it operates along Lowland Road and through Sawmills Estate. Before turning left and heading along Brandon Lane serving Brandon Turning Circle. Then it completes the loop heading along Brandon Lane to the Boyne Hotel and turning left going back towards Durham.

*NEW* Classic Coaches Service 49 – Classic Coaches are now operating a few evening journeys for service 49 between Durham and Brandon. It is not currently known what the exact route is as no actual timetable has been released.  The Classic 49 is contracted to Durham County Council.

Arriva Service 50 – The 50 will now operate hourly on Monday to Saturday daytimes between Durham, Langley Moor, Brandon, Willington, Bishop Auckland, Evenwood, Etherly Dene, Escomb, Witton Park, High Etherley, Toft Hill and then onto Ramshaw. This replaces the 6 between Ramshaw and Evenwood and the 86 services to Toft Hill.

*NEW* Classic Coaches Service 50 – Classic Coaches are now operating a few evening journeys for service 50. It is not currently known what route it will take as no actual timetable has been released but will presumably operate between Durham and Brandon.  The Classic 50 is contracted to Durham County Council.

Arriva Services 56/56A – The 56 is being revised running every 30 minutes from Durham to Bishop Auckland via Shincliffe, Bowburn, Coxhoe, West Cornforth, Ferryhill Station, Wood Lane Estate, Ferryhill, Kirk Merrington and Coundon village. This replaces the current 35 and 36 services between Ferryhill and Bishop Auckland.

Arriva Services 57 and 57A – Services 57/57A combine to operate a 30 minute service throughout Monday to Saturday daytimes between Durham and Coxhoe via Shinclife, Bowburn Estate. Then the 57 extends to Kelloe and the 57A will extend to Hartlepool via Trimdon Village, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Colliery, Deaf Hill and Hartlepool General Hospital.

*NEW* Scarlet Band 57A – On evenings Scarlet Band will operate a connecting service from Coxhoe via Kelloe to Peterlee.

*NEW* Scarlet Band 58 – Scarlet Band will now operate service 58 from Durham to Peterlee via Shincliffe, Bowburn Estate, Coxhoe, Kelloe and Wheatley Hill. This service will operate hourly replacing the 57A that ran between Kelloe and Peterlee that is now withdrawn.

Arriva Services 63/64 – The 63 and 64 journeys will all be renumbered to service 64 and continuing to operate every 10 minutes throughout the day. 3 64’s an hour will terminate short in Gillesgate in Musgrave Gardens estate (as the 63 did) and the other 3 64 journeys extend to Sherburn Village. The evening service is also being upgraded to every 30 minutes between the Arnison Centre and Gilesgate via Durham City Centre. Then operating hourly to Musgrave Gardens and hourly to Sherburn. Sunday services  will run at different times and are no longer serving Brasside.

Arriva Service 754 – The 754 is being completely withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.

Arriva Scholar Services 853/854/857 – The 853/854 is continuing to operate as normal whereas the 857 is being merged as part of the 57A which will extend to Durham Johnson School running via Durham Bus Station.

Arriva University Service U1 – The 0728 journey from Durham North Road will now leave 5 minutes earlier at 0723 to improve reliability.

See more at details of the service changes and the new timetables at –

Seen below is recently transferred 7435 W501 RBB leaving Durham depot to go light to the Arnison Centre to start a run on the 64. 1 of 4 recent ALX400’s that arrived from Jesmond depot to operate in-line with Arriva’s service changes and upgrade Arriva Durham’s double-decker fleet.


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