Tag Archive: Jarrow


I recently received a request asking about a 588 service which ran to Washington. This is the only 588 service which I can find amongst my collection:

588

As you can see, it did not run as far as Washington in 1979. By 1985 the service had disappeared completely, presumably absorbed into the 540/541 services which ran between Monkton Lane – Jarrow – Harton Hospital – Seaburn (540)/Horsley Hill (541). If anyone has more information about the 588 service, then please feel free to post a comment.

As I don’t really update this blog that much now, I would like to take the opportunity to make you aware of another site which makes these old timetables available to view. North East Buses (link: http://www.northeastbuses.co.uk ) is an enthusiast site which encourages debate about not only buses, but all forms of public transport, past and present, in the North East of England. Unlike other bus enthusiast groups/sites, this is open for anyone to view and contribute. The forum contains a section called ‘The Bygone Era’ where, upon joining, a vast array of old timetables are available to peruse and download. Check it out!!

[Message to Brandon: Please feel free to ‘steal’ anything I’ve posted here. Bus timetables (and anything else which belonged in the Public Domain), ultimately, belong to the public, not the collector!]

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As with the 310, this is another long-missed ‘cross-tyne’ service. However, this service did not always to go Sunderland as it did in later years. This service originally went to Lukes Lane Estate in Hebburn which a short service shuttle operating between Jarrow and Lukes Lane only to maintain a regular half-hour link. One bus an hour extended to Cramlington and was jointly operated by United and Northern.

Two routes that complement the more recognized services of the 310/319. The 311 was a works service that ran one journey in each direction ferrying workers across the Tyne from Jarrow to Hadrian Road in the morning with a return journey operated in the evening. The 318 is a bit more interesting as it operates from Jarrow to Cullercoats, Monday to Saturday, maintaining an a all-day service.

A classic ‘cross-tyne’ service here and one that is sorely missed by certain bus enthusiasts. This 309/310 is vastly different to the one that is operational now. The fact that the ‘310’ runs into Newcastle instead of Sunderland now still seems strange to me. The ‘309’, to me, has always been a Newcastle – Blyth (or Whitley Bay) service even before its current incarnation.

Continuing on the theme of express services. Here is a curious little express service between Jarrow and Washington.

Was there ever much demand for a Washington to Jarrow express? – You could make the argument for Hebburn being an area of industry, or that Washington was a place for shopping, but the service starts at a peculiar time (09:35) to be of any use for workers, and surely people in Hebburn and Jarrow would use local facilities for shopping or, better still, venture in town. This service was replaced, in part, by the ‘526’ which also served Heworth, Leam Lane and Concord. Nowadays, there is no direct service between Jarrow and Washington.

To compliment the Sunderland map I uploaded earlier on, I decided to upload the South Tyneside counterpart. This guide was released approximately a year later in May 2000. In comparing the two overlapping areas together, there does not seem to be a lot of change (except the ‘X22’ follows the ‘527’ route between Tyne Dock and Jarrow instead of going via Simonside and York Avenue). But compare this map to the current South Tyneside map from Nexus (available here) and you’ll probably notice a vast reduction in the amount of choice you had in service. Another striking thing is that South Tyneside once had regular services to/from Metrocentre at the weekends in the ‘X22’ and the ‘M42’. I guess no-one travels from South Shields to Metrocentre anymore!