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.
Tag Archive: Shields
Once upon a time, there were various ferry crossings on the River Tyne that allowed people to cross from one side to the other. Today all that remains is the Shields Ferry but in 1979 there were still two crossings in operation. The Mid-Tyne Ferry ran between Hebburn and Walker/Wallsend. The ferry is also a setting in the 1971 film ‘Get Carter’, in a scene where Jack Carter (Michael Caine) disposes of several adversaries by a way of a loaded shotgun. More information about the various river crossings (including the Mid-Tyne& Shields Ferries)can be found at this excellent resource Bridges on the Tyne, I suggest that you all check it out.
The ‘585’ was a bus that ran ‘in the dark’ so to speak replacing the Shields Ferry on early morning/late night journeys. It was also used as a ‘Ferry Replacement’ bus service although I don’t know if that ever happened. The ‘585’ is still operational today with Kingsley Coaches, who have just recently won the contract to run it.
As a special bonus. Here’s footage from the film ‘Get Carter’ featuring the Mid-Tyne Ferry and the Wallsend Landing. It also contains in-depth analysis of the the scenes used. Some might like it, some might not. Comment on it if you wish!!
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.
One more express service before moving on to some of the regular services in this 1979 edition of the Tyne & Wear PTE bus timetable. This is an example of how buses used to compete with British Rail to destinations within Tyne & Wear. The ‘X2’ ran between Newcastle and South Shields direct along the Felling-by-pass to White Mare Pool then up the A194 to Tyne Dock, through Chichester and into South Shields. The journey took just 30 MINS!. 2 minutes less than the train (or Metro as it is now). I wonder if it ever kept to that timetable – a feat which would almost seem impossible now.
Another little observation about this services was that it was jointly operated by United (Now Arriva North East) and Northern. This must have been one the last United services ever to grace South Shields with its presence.
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!