Tag Archive: Sunderland


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 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!