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Old July 2nd, 2018, 12:21 AM   #2101
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I do enjoy a traffic free Blackett Street. However, all it seemed to do was push further high frequency bus traffic into already gridlocked routes.

They could never do it permanently without a good alternative. At Christmas or matchdays it’d be untenable
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Old July 14th, 2018, 09:57 PM   #2102
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I don't know - you wait half an hour for a bus and then eighteen come along at once. Two passengers became so annoyed that they started fighting and had to be separated by a bouncer. (After Lowry, particularly the top one!) Early June 2018, hosted by ImgBB.
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Old July 14th, 2018, 10:25 PM   #2103
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Closing Blackett street is a good idea until you realise that they haven’t bothered to properly organise where the busses are going to go
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Old July 15th, 2018, 01:34 AM   #2104
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Closing Blackett street is a good idea until you realise that they haven’t bothered to properly organise where the busses are going to go
Around the bus loop surely?

Although are Stagecoaches buses all travelling around the southern half, the eastbound and the westbound services?
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Old November 26th, 2018, 10:18 AM   #2105
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The match day Park and Ride bus on Westgate Road at about 3pm on a matchday in mid-November. Ok, it's totally empty but there have been previous passengers as the condensation on the windows shows. If the football club and the NHS both have park and ride schemes what's stopping Newcastle Hellix from starting one? On Imgbb.
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Old April 7th, 2019, 12:30 AM   #2106
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From April 13th Stagecoach Newcastle are operating a 'Seasider' open top service between North Shields Ferry & Whitley Bay: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos...-east/seasider

"Departing from North Shields Ferry Landing, the Seasider takes in Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.

The Seasider operates from 9:57am until 16:23pm every Saturday and Sunday, making 12 journeys each day, until mid-September.

Hop on, hop off from £2.50
Single journeys on the Seasider are £2.50, or travel all day for £4.00!


On route attractions
- Newly renovated Spanish City (restaurants, cafes, bars and markets)
- English Heritage's Tynemouth Priory and Castle
- Blue Reef Aquarium
- Tynemouth Market
- Storm Cellar, the north east's newest craft ale brewery
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I'm told the open top buses being used for the Seasider have been repainted out of 'City Sightseeing' livery so it would seem Stagecoach aren't operating the NewcastleGateshead tour for City Sightseeing this year, or at least with not as many buses. Can anyone confirm/deny this and shed any light on the matter?
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Old April 7th, 2019, 08:36 AM   #2107
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I spot the open top buses in the summer evenings, often, as they go up the hill and back to the depot. Perhaps they start about Easter time so I've not seen any this year.
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Old April 7th, 2019, 02:37 PM   #2108
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From April 13th Stagecoach Newcastle are operating a 'Seasider' open top service between North Shields Ferry & Whitley Bay: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos...-east/seasider

"Departing from North Shields Ferry Landing, the Seasider takes in Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.

The Seasider operates from 9:57am until 16:23pm every Saturday and Sunday, making 12 journeys each day, until mid-September.

Hop on, hop off from £2.50
Single journeys on the Seasider are £2.50, or travel all day for £4.00!


On route attractions
- Newly renovated Spanish City (restaurants, cafes, bars and markets)
- English Heritage's Tynemouth Priory and Castle
- Blue Reef Aquarium
- Tynemouth Market
- Storm Cellar, the north east's newest craft ale brewery
"


I'm told the open top buses being used for the Seasider have been repainted out of 'City Sightseeing' livery so it would seem Stagecoach aren't operating the NewcastleGateshead tour for City Sightseeing this year, or at least with not as many buses. Can anyone confirm/deny this and shed any light on the matter?
Go North East have acquired an X reg Plaxton President open topper, fleet number 6000. This has not long been painted into the 2019 fleet livery. I presume they will starr operating this service soon
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Old April 11th, 2019, 06:40 PM   #2109
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Two new sightseeing buses to launch across Tyneside from this weekend

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Chronicle Live article from 11/04/19

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Two new sightseeing buses to launch across Tyneside from this weekend

New sightseeing bus begins in Newcastle and Gateshead, while open top buses move from the city to coast, renamed The Seasider

“The launch of Stagecoach North East’s Seasider service coincides with the end of the company’s City Sightseeing franchising agreement, as the buses are being repurposed to engage a new customer base on the North Tyneside coastline,” said a company spokesman.


Full article on https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...e-two-16109840

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Old April 13th, 2019, 01:59 AM   #2110
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Follow up on posts above

Chronicle Live article from 11/04/19

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Two new sightseeing buses to launch across Tyneside from this weekend

New sightseeing bus begins in Newcastle and Gateshead, while open top buses move from the city to coast, renamed The Seasider

“The launch of Stagecoach North East’s Seasider service coincides with the end of the company’s City Sightseeing franchising agreement, as the buses are being repurposed to engage a new customer base on the North Tyneside coastline,” said a company spokesman.



Full article on https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...e-two-16109840

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Testing out my previous idea of a proper tram system for the coastal area. Linking up to or from the shields ferry, passing through Shields centre(ish), taking into consideration the metro, along to Tynemouth, Cullercoats, then on to Whitley Bay and the far end to the Lighthouse. Could even extend to Blyth given the space.

This would all tie in very nicely the bus/metro network and given that the road train has been a success, with the introduction of the scenic bus route, IMO it makes sense if the passengers are there.
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Old June 10th, 2019, 12:11 AM   #2111
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So we thought we'd take the bus to the Tyne Bank, walked to the Law Courts Q3 stop and checked the app. The app tells us there'll be a bus in 7 mins.... no bus, so we check the NFC 'link' on the bus stop, which gives a completely different time. So after 35 mins I call the number on the bus stop and speak to someone barely capable of conversation who [sounding like Mavis from Coronation street] tells me that there is a bus at the Haymarket. Thought I might want to be sure...

Now after a bit of dialogue, as she slowly wakes up I ask a series of questions, let's summarise:
  • The Blaydon race sign on the bus stop tells us that buses might be affected after 3pm, this conversation taking place at 2.55pm and been there since 2.20 or so. After she has a cup of coffee it transpires that that there are actually no buses after 1.30. The sign is nothing to do with Go North, presumably there's a comedian who just designed the signs themselves and randomly stuck them up to confuse. Perhaps there are hidden cameras and I'll be on a TV show.....
  • Why does the app give different timings from the NFC [both wrong], she's no idea [and doesn't seem to understand the question, perhaps needs a rest]
  • Might it not be a good idea for the app and NFC to reflect special [predictable] events. "The app doesn't do that, it only does the usual times..." apparently

So....the app is useless and doesn't reflect real time, nor does the NFC. It would seem they both gather their data from different sources and are both useless because they don't even reflect predictable changes to the timetable [as opposed to a breakdown].

Definitely a way to encourage the use of public transport....

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Old June 10th, 2019, 08:14 AM   #2112
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Definitely a way to encourage the use of public transport...
You get used to it and when you look closely several of Newcastle's services are in the same plight. With the buses it helps to rehearse a journey, at a non-critical time, before putting stress onto the system.
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Old June 10th, 2019, 02:56 PM   #2113
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You get used to it and when you look closely several of Newcastle's services are in the same plight. With the buses it helps to rehearse a journey, at a non-critical time, before putting stress onto the system.
Your answer to a rubbish service is that "you'll get used to it"?

Yeah, that'll really move things forwards...
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Old June 11th, 2019, 04:12 PM   #2114
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With the buses it helps to rehearse a journey, at a non-critical time, before putting stress onto the system.
How could he rehearse a journey when the event stuffing up the timetable only happens once a year and the operator makes a complete **** up of the day?
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Old June 26th, 2019, 06:50 PM   #2115
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Article from Go North East:

Go North East celebrates Clean Air Day with announcement of £12m investment in environmentally friendly buses to make buses even better and help tackle rising congestion.



Go North East, the region’s largest bus company, is celebrating Clean Air Day with the announcement of a £12 million investment in 54 high-specification environmentally friendly buses to help revolutionise bus travel across the region.

The order from Go North East includes the region’s first latest generation zero-emissions full electric single-deck buses, with 9 now confirmed from the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, Yutong, as well as 34 of the latest low-emission Euro 6 engined double-deck buses and 11 single-deck buses from UK based manufacturers Wrightbus and Alexander Dennis Limited.

The buses will start to enter service from September, with the electric buses arriving in July next year. The double-deckers will be part of the bus operator’s recently announced ‘X-lines’ concept for its fastest and most direct commuter and express traveller services into the North East’s cities including Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland.

Read more...http://newsroom.gonortheast.co.uk/ne...dot-dot-373083
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Old June 26th, 2019, 06:53 PM   #2116
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NewcastleGateshead's new open top bus tour, 'Toon Tour' by Go North East begins this weekend:

"The Toon Tour starts running on Saturday 29 June, running weekends only until Saturday 20 July, then it will run daily over the summer holidays.

The service will run every 30 minutes from 10.05am until 4.05pm, with buses starting from Central Station in Newcastle and then serving 17 stops on a circular route which takes in some of the finest sights around the city, including the Discovery Museum, St James' Park, Great North Museum, Ouseburn, Quayside, Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Baltic, Sage Gateshead, Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Newcastle Cathedral. Customers can hop-on and hop-off at any stop along the route."

Read more...https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/toontour/
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Old July 7th, 2019, 12:08 AM   #2117
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NewcastleGateshead's new open top bus tour, 'Toon Tour' by Go North East - pictures 06/07/19



Pictures by myself from Saturday 06/07/19 approx 1145 showing Go North East new open top bus tour, 'Toon Tour' vehicle at bus stop near south end of Gateshead Millennium Bridge



















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