Consett, 23 November 2023 – In the midst of the ongoing industrial action, GoNorthEast has issued an important update regarding bus services in Consett and the surrounding areas. Commuters are advised to take note of the latest changes to ensure smooth travel during this period.

Current Service Situation as of 23rd November, 11:00 AM
Due to the industrial action’s impact, GoNorthEast regrets the inability to run a full service. However, they are committed to maintaining essential connectivity, particularly for schools and certain contracted routes. Efforts are being made to establish a skeleton service across as many routes as possible.

These are primarily managed by office staff and managers who hold bus driving licences, alongside regular drivers who have chosen to work during this period. Passengers should anticipate delays due to the limited frequency of services, and GoNorthEast extends its gratitude for the public’s patience and kindness towards its dedicated team.

Apology and Commitment:
GoNorthEast extends a sincere apology for the inconvenience caused during this challenging time and reassures the community of its dedication to finding a resolution to the ongoing industrial action.

New Consett Bus Services Starting 27th November:

Service X5: Lanchester to Consett – every 60 minutes, view timetable here

Service X45: Consett to Newcastle – every 60 minutes, serving all stops between Metrocentre and Newcastle, view timetable here

Service 78: Stanley to Consett – every 60 minutes, view timetable here

Service V5: The Dene to Crookhall – every 60 minutes, view timetable here

After discussions with Nexus and Durham County Council, a skeleton service on service X1 will commence from 27th November, operating between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. This service will cover all stops from Springwell Village to Gateshead, via Wrekenton and QE Hospital. This is particularly significant due to the suspension of other services on Old Durham Road.

In collaboration with Northumberland County Council, GoNorthEast will also introduce two additional journeys on service 74, as part of the shared skeleton timetable with other bus companies.

List of Operating Services from 27th November: A comprehensive list of services operating from 27th November includes:

Services 1, 20, S20, 21, 29, 60, 65, 74, 78, 79, 84 85, R7, V5, X1, X5, X45All school bus services (including 18A, 28S, 85A) running normally

Services 91, 335, 351, 359, 392, 553, 680, 683, 684, 687, 688, 689, 794, 933, 941, S2, X62 operating normally or with limited service

For specific timetable details, passengers are encouraged to visit the link provided: GoNorth East Industrial Action Update.

GoNorthEast appreciates the community’s understanding and promises to provide further updates as more services become available. They also thank Northumberland County Council and other external companies for their support in operating limited services in the Hexham area.

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