TWO new bus routes hit the road in North Tyneside this week.
The W7 route links South Wellfield and Earsdon with North Tyneside General Hospital and Percy Main, offering connections to Royal Quays.
The W4 route linking Whitley Bay town centre via Monkseaton Front Street to Drumoyne Gardens at West Monkseaton.
The changes are being made by Nexus as a result of consultation with borough councillors. They follow Go North East’s withdrawal of its commercial 85/86 routes.
Minor changes have also been made to other timetables.
Nexus customer services director Tobyn Hughes said: “The changes we have made since January protect or restore local links to shops and health services that local people rely on.
“We have done the best we can with the limited funds available to us after Go North East informed us the 85/86 was to be withdrawn.
“This situation underlines why Tyne and Wear needs a new blueprint for bus services that delivers a stable and reliable public service, rather than relying on Nexus plugging the gaps left when decisions are taken for purely commercial reasons.”
The new W4 and W7 routes will run daily every hour until early evening except Sundays.
The W4 goes along Norham Road, Monkseaton’s Front Street, Cauldwell Lane, Drumoyne Gardens and Seatonville Road.
The W7 takes in Garden Terrace in Earsdon, Hareshaw Road, Redheugh Road, Rake Lane, Ripley Avenue, Waterville Road and Nelson Terrace.