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The ‘301’ has seen many changes throughout its route history but it has always maintained its status as a ‘cross-tyne’ service. This 1979 version saw it operate from Whitley Bay along its current route (now ‘coaster’ services 1/2 before its recent re-routing through Marden Estate) to Gateshead, then on to Lobley Hill via Bensham Road/Lobley Hill Road terminating at the ‘west-side’ of the estates there. The ‘302’ has seem lots of changes too but the service always seems to integrate with the ‘301’ in some fashion. In 1979 it was no different, operating from Whitley Bay to Redesdale Park via North Shields and Wallsend.

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Before the Metro was built, cross tyne services between the suburbs of Newcastle and Gateshead were the norm rather than the exception they are today. Here is an example of a service operating between Leam Lane Estate (Staneway/Woodburn) and Fawdon Lane (16) and Hollywood Avenue in Gosforth (17) via Heworth (before the interchange), Sunderland Road & Great North Road.

These service were operated jointly by the PTE (now Stagecoach Newcastle) and Northern.