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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.

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The first couple of timetables to be published here come from the May 1979 edition of the Tyne & Wear PTE travel guide:

Located on page 625 are two express services (when express meant express!) that have long since disappeared.

 

The ‘X7’ ran between Newcastle (Marlborough Crescent) and Winlaton Bus Station and operated ‘non-stop’ along Scotswood Road. I am too young to remember this service but it looked an efficient way to get into Town (although one would have to walk from Marlborough Crescent along Clayton Street into the City Centre). I think it may have been replaced, in part, by the introduction of the ‘632’, a service which is not present in this guide.

The ‘X8’ had a longer lifespan lasting until the de-regulation of bus services in October 1986. Looking at the route, it would appear that this service was incorporated into the ‘X95’ and ‘X96’ services that operated during the late 80s and 90s.

Both were operated by Northern.

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!