Unlike the other Sunderland to Darlington service, this one was operated jointly by Northern and United and operated through Houghton-le-Spring, West Rainton and skirts around Durham City Centre by serving the villages to the east (Pittington, Sherburn) before going to Coxhoe, Ferryhill and Newton Aycliffe.
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More United services in the western suburbs of Newcastle. This time we have the 84 which operated from Marlborough Crescent to Throckley via Sandyford and Westerhope. And the 85/86 which operated a circular route serving Slatyford, West Denton and Denton Burn. These routes have now been largely absorbed into the Stagecoach operated 11 and 39 services. Arriva North East, a successor to United, have recently been awarded a contract by Nexus to operate a route between Throckley and West Denton. Along with another Nexus contracted service, the 4, Arriva North East/United Automobile Services once again have a presence in West Denton after years and years of inactivity.
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!