Stagecoach North East

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Stagecoach North East
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Stagecoach North East Dennis Enviro400MMC 10641 SN16OYG in Newcastle in 2018.
ParentStagecoach
Founded1986
HeadquartersSunderland
Service areaTees Valley
Tyne and Wear
Service typeBus services
HubsStockton
Hartlepool
Newcastle
South Shields
Sunderland
Depots6
Fleet432 (December 2018)
Websitewww.stagecoachbus.com/North East

Stagecoach North East is a bus operator of providing services in North East England. It is a subsidiary of Stagecoach. The company is made up of two formerly municipal operations; Busways Travel Services and Cleveland Transit. Between May 2017 and April 2018, Stagecoach operated almost 18.5 million miles and passengers made almost 62 million journeys.[1]

Busways Travel Services[edit]

Alexander Enviro 300 bodied Scania Gas Bus in Sunderland in 2018.

Stagecoach's first presence in the North East of England came with the purchase of Busways Travel Services[2] in July 1994 from its employees and management shareholders. Busways Travel Services Limited is now a holding company for Stagecoach North East's operations in Newcastle, South Shields and Sunderland, the three locations in which Busways operated.

Stagecoach in Newcastle[edit]

Stagecoach in Newcastle is the biggest Stagecoach division in the North East and is one of the 3 major bus operators in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne alongside Arriva North East and Go North East, largely providing the bulk of the services within the city, whilst the other operators extend out into the surrounding Tyneside conurbation and North East region.

Stagecoach Newcastle also operated the NewcastleGateshead City Sightseeing service, however the bus company decided to end it's City Sightseeing franchising agreement after the 2018 season, with the buses being repurposed to engage a new customer base on the North Tyneside coastline for the 2019 season[3]. The Seasider service which takes in the sights of the North East's coast from North Shields Ferry Landing through Cullercoats, Tynemouth and to Whitley Bay.[4]

Stagecoach in South Shields[edit]

Stagecoach is the largest operator of local services in South Shields. Stagecoach in South Shields operates mostly local services within South Shields, however services linking the town to Gateshead, Jarrow, Newcastle and Sunderland are also operated.[5] Stagecoach in South Shields is the eventual successor to South Shields Corporation Transport. Go North East also operates within the town to surrounding areas.

Stagecoach in Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland operates a large network of local services in the city. Only one of Sunderland’s operations leave the city’s boundaries, the X24 express to Gateshead and Newcastle. Services E1, E2 and E6, which operates out of the city to South Shields are operated by Stagecoach in South Shields. Go North East also operates within the city and to surrounding areas.

Alexander Enviro 300 in Stockton in January 2015.

Stagecoach Sunderland is also home 40 Scania Gas buses - the only batch of this type within the Stagecoach Group.[6]. The 40 single deck gas buses run primarily on the 3, 12, 13, 16 and 20.

Cleveland Transit[edit]

Stagecoach purchased Cleveland Transit[7] in September 1994. Cleveland Transit also owned Kingston upon Hull City Transport, now part of Stagecoach East Midlands. Darlington Transport Company[8] refused to sell to Stagecoach, and a Competition Commission inquiry later concluded:

"It was the combination of Busways' actions in recruiting so many of DTC's drivers so quickly, registering services on all its routes and running free services which caused DTC's final collapse. We find these actions to be predatory, deplorable and against the public interest. The adverse effects which we identify are the disruption of the orderly sale of DTC and the deterrence of future competitive entry into local bus markets where Stagecoach is present, with implications not only in the reference area but elsewhere."[9]

In December 1994 Hartlepool Transport was purchased by Stagecoach.[10] The Stagecoach Darlington company was sold to Arriva North East in 2007.

Stagecoach in Hartlepool[edit]

Hartlepool operates a network of local services around Hartlepool. It also operates route 1 to Middlesbrough, operating every half hour between Throston Grange and Middlesbrough.[11]

Stagecoach on Teesside[edit]

Stagecoach on Teesside operate a number of local services in the Middlesbrough and Stockton areas, as well as route 36 to Hartlepool, which operates every 15 minutes .[12] Arriva North East also provide services in Teesside, with Go North East also operating a small number of services in and around Teesside.

Former operations[edit]

Stagecoach in Darlington[edit]

After its purchase by Stagecoach, Busways became a key participant in the Darlington Bus War, with the establishment of Stagecoach in Darlington. In 1995 Stagecoach in Darlington passed from Busways to Cleveland Transit.[10]

In August 2007 the Darlington depot was sold to Arriva North East with 28 Dennis Darts.[13][14][15] Arriva North East's Darlington depot was closed with operations consolidated at the former Stagecoach depot.

Depots[edit]

Stagecoach North East operate six depots:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stagecoach North East Annual Report 2017-2018 Stagecoach Group 25 April 2018
  2. ^ Companies House extract company no 2295227 Busways Travel Services Limited
  3. ^ Henderson, Tony (11 April 2019). "Two new sightseeing buses to launch across Tyneside from this weekend". nechronicle. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Seasider | North East | Stagecoach". www.stagecoachbus.com. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  5. ^ "South Shields Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Gas buses | Stagecoach". www.stagecoachbus.com. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ Companies House extract company no 2546698 Cleveland Transit Limited
  8. ^ Companies House extract company no 2003023 Darlington Transport Company Limited
  9. ^ "The supply of bus services in the north-east of England". Competition Commission. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012.
  10. ^ a b Cleveland Transit Ltd The 500 Group
  11. ^ "Hartlepool Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Teesside Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  13. ^ Cheaper travel for passengers as Arriva takes over Stagecoach's Darlington services Arriva 9 May 2007
  14. ^ OFT grants Arriva clearance to take over Stagecoach's Darlington operations Arriva 23 August 2007
  15. ^ Watchdog clears bus routes sale BBC News 23 August 2007

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