A bus company has invested more than £500,000 in a fleet of new environmentally-friendly single deck buses for its rural services in parts of Northumberland.
The 30-seat Go North East buses feature leather seats with seatbelts, free wifi for all customers and can accommodate a wheelchair and children’s buggies.
They will used on rural routes in West Northumberland and Hexham.
Tynedale Links services provide buses six days a week from early morning until early evening. Working in partnership with Northumberland County Council and parish councils, a late-night bus on Saturdays on service 74 also gives residents of Ponteland, Stamfordham and Matfen an opportunity to enjoy a night out in Newcastle.
MP Guy Opperman said: “It’s great to see a local bus company investing not just in its city and urban services but in its country buses too. Tynedale Links provides an important service, joining together communities in Allendale, Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Stamfordham and providing essential connections and buses onwards towards the rest of the region.”
Last year Go North East was able to restore an important commuter link lost decades ago with a through bus from Bellingham to Newcastle via Hexham, providing a service for workers and college students from the North Tyne valley.
Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said: “Since 2010, we’ve replaced Hexham’s fleet of buses on our Ten service along the Tyne Valley not once but twice. New single deck buses proved so popular that they were replaced with new double deckers. Now our local Tynedale Links buses have been replaced with new low carbon emission buses that provide a better customer experience and are good for the environment. Hexham’s bus fleet is now one of the cleanest in the country.”