Bus service improvements – 6/7/64 services every 15 min instead of 20 min from 10th April

The Council has been working with bus companies to address some of the issues with usage. A number of small but positive changes have been implemented in our area, as shown in the following list (some are for other areas).

The main changes for us are the 6, 7 and 64 service going from once every 20 minutes to once every 15 minutes mainly Mon-Fri – Changes start from next week (10th April)

Date of changeService NumberOperatorFrom/ToComments
4th April83Scarlet BandWoodland – CockfieldEmergency contract awarded to Hodgsons operating to exactly the same timetable as now in place of previous contractor Scarlet Band. Arises from Scarlet Band struggling to deliver the timetable due to driver shortages.
10th April6ArrivaDurham – Cockfield via Spennymoor & Bishop AucklandMonday to Saturday frequency increased to every 15 minutes from current every 20 minutes. Pre-covid frequency had been every 12 minutes. Extra peak time journeys to Framwellgate Moor.
10th April7ArrivaDarlington – Durham via Newton Aycliffe & FerryhillMonday to Friday daytime frequency restored to every 15 minutes from current every 20 minutes. Pre-covid frequency had been every 15 minutes. Extra peak time journeys to Framwellgate Moor. Saturdays to remain at every 20 minutes.
10th April8/8AArrivaDarlington – SpennymoorMinor change to last trip from Spennymoor to improve reliability.
10th April56/56AArrivaDurham – Bishop Auckland via Coxhoe, West Cornforth and CoundonMinor changes to early journeys towards Durham improving headway. Evening service on Sunday withdrawn – last journey from Durham 1850 (currently 2300), last journey from Stobb Cross 1918 (currently 2328).
10th April57/57AArrivaDurham – Hartlepool via Coxhoe & KelloeMinor changes to early journeys towards Durham improving headway.
10th April64ArrivaArnison Centre – Sherburn Village via Durham City centreMonday to Saturday daytime frequency revised to every 15 minutes from current every 20 minutes. Pre-covid frequency had been every 10 minutes. Pattern will be two per hour to/from Sherburn Village and two per hour short to/from Sunderland Rd Estate.
10th April86ArrivaBishop Auckland – Toft HillService withdrawn however DCC have, through open tender, contracted Rural Link to operate a near identical timetable including the evening journeys until recently operated under contract by Go North East. To be called service 87 to differentiate from Arriva’s continuing 86 to Bishop Auckland College.
10th AprilX12ArrivaMiddlesbrough to Newcastle via Coxhoe & DurhamMinor changes to early morning journeys between Middlesbrough and Durham improving headway.

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