Tag Archive: Gateshead


I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. See how it compares to now. In Gateshead, there’s no Interchange yet and West Street is a bi-directional as is The High Level Bridge. Sunderland has changed somewhat in recent years but other than that, things are more or less the same as they are now.

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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.

The last example of the Newcastle/Gateshead inter-urban services. The 66/67 ran between Benton Estate into Newcastle, across to Gateshead, then operated the Dunston Loop. The Dunston Loop or Circular has had a few different numbered services operating it. After the 66/67, it was the 58/59, then the 67/68, and finally the 64/65 (with an added 164/165 variation of it) before being absorbed into services that operated in the West of Gateshead. I believe that nowadays it has been amalgamated into the 49/49A/49B/49C set of services as well as the 95/95A.

Here are the timetables for the 26/27 bus service that ran along the current ’30’ route from Fawdon into Newcastle. then along Durham Road into Low Fell. The 26 terminated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and operated, what was once the ’92’ route (then the M31/M32), via Church Road and Wynbury Road. And the ’27’ operated via Beacon Lough Road and Easedale Gardens into Wrekenton.

I was going to post these old inter conurbation routes between Newcastle and Gateshead in some sort of order. But it dawned on me after posting the 24/25 timetable that the ’10’ was indeed operational in 1979. All services are operated jointly by PTE and Northern.

The ‘8’ more or less operates the same route as either the 15 or 15A (I can’t remember) does now between Newcastle and Kenton Bar Estate. It then operates via the current ‘Fab 57’ route to Fewster Square where it terminates.

The ‘9’ operates via the current 31 route between Montagu Estate and Newcastle then the ‘Fab 56’ route to Springwell Estate.

The ’10’ operates similar to its current route between North Kenton and Town (except it goes via Great North Road instead of Claremont Road) then, like the ‘9’ operates along the current ‘Fab 56’ route to Springwell Estate.

Another ‘Cross-Tyne’ service between Newcastle and Gateshead. The 24/25 started in North Kenton and followed more or less the same route between North Kenton and Grainger Street as the 10/11 do now (before they were diverted to serve the University and RVI). When they got to Gateshead, they followed the classic 24/25 routes to their respective destinations before they were merged into one 24 service and then absorbed into the Coaster-branded ‘2’.

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.

To kick things of here, I have uploaded an old Nexus Public Transport Map covering Sunderland, Washington & Houghton-le-Spring circa 1999. The map is divided into eight separate images for your viewing pleasure. I did try to combine the image to create one big map but my photo-shop skills are not up to much and I failed immensely.  It is my intention to complete this task (unless anyone wants to combine these images for me) and to create a two page PDF file available to download. When I have this sussed, I will update here and let you all know . In the meantime, just click on the image to view.

Some interesting bus routes appear on this route map. Perhaps the most interesting (and unknown) route was the ’33’ operated by Sunderland Busways/Favourite which ran from Low Pittington to Metrocentre through Houghton-le-Spring.

Also, George Bell Travel (GBT) seem to be giving Wear Buses and Sunderland Busways a run for their money in South Sunderland.

Did anyone ever travel on these services? Please feel free to comment!