Bus route up for discussion

Residents are being urged to make comment on possible changes to a bus service in North Tyneside.

Operator Nexus wants to hear whether the No. 59 route should be altered following recent changes to commercial services in the area.

Residents and councillors in West Allotment and Marden Estate had asked for links to North Tyneside General Hospital to be restored.

Three options are being set out at community meetings and at www.nexus.org.uk with maps of the route options and a short questionnaire.

Nexus deputy director Tobyn Hughes said: “West Allotment and the Marden Estate have been left without direct buses to North Tyneside Hospital as a result of recent route changes by commercial bus companies.

“Nexus has responded to local requests to restore these important links by proposing options which can be achieved using existing resources.

“Like all public bodies our budgets are under great pressure, but we are able to consult with local people on what can be achieved within the funding we have available now.”

The options include altering the route between 9.30am and 4pm to go through West Allotment instead of Shiremoor and to the Marden Estate instead of Whitley Bay.

A second option is to go through West Allotment instead of Shiremoor but otherwise stick to the existing route to Whitley Bay; a third option is to leave the 59 as it is now.

Consultation ends on December 13.