Stagecoach North East

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Stagecoach North East
Stagecoach in Newcastle bus 19442 Alexander Dennis Trident 2 Enviro 400 NK58 FNG in Newcastle 25 April 2009.JPG
Parent Stagecoach
Founded 1986
Headquarters Sunderland
Service area Tees Valley
Tyne and Wear
Service type Bus services
Hubs Hartlepool
South Shields
Depots 6
Fleet 475 (April 2013)
Website 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.

Busways Travel Services[edit]

Alexander PS bodied Scania N113 in Newcastle in September 2003
Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian in Stockton-on-Tees in May 2009

Stagecoach's first presence in the North East of England came with the purchase of Busways Travel Services[1] 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 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.[2] Stagecoach in South Shields is the eventual successor to South Shields Corporation Transport.

Stagecoach in Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland operates a large network of local services in the city. Sunderland’s operations are confined to the city’s boundaries.[3] Services E1, E2 and E6, which operates out of the city to South Shields are operated by Stagecoach in South Shields.

Cleveland Transit[edit]

Stagecoach purchased Cleveland Transit[4] in September 1994. Cleveland Transit also owned Kingston upon Hull City Transport, now part of Stagecoach East Midlands. Darlington Transport Company[5] refused to sell to Stagecoach, so was run off the road.[6] In December 1994 Hartlepool Transport was purchased by Stagecoach.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[7]

In August 2007 the Darlington depot was sold to Arriva North East with 28 Dennis Darts.[10][11][12] Arriva North East's Darlington depot was closed with operations consolidated at the former Stagecoach depot.


As at April 2013 the fleet consisted of 475 buses and coaches.[13]


Stagecoach North East operate six depots:

  • Hartlepool Depot (BRENDA ROAD,HARTLEPOOL,TS25 1NP)
  • South Shields Depot (DEAN ROAD,SOUTH SHIELDS,NE33 4HZ)


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2295227 Busways Travel Services Limited
  2. ^ "South Shields Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sunderland bus map" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Companies House extract company no 2546698 Cleveland Transit Limited
  5. ^ Companies House extract company no 2003023 Darlington Transport Company Limited
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b Cleveland Transit Ltd The 500 Group
  8. ^ "Hartlepool Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Teesside Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Cheaper travel for passengers as Arriva takes over Stagecoach's Darlington services Arriva 9 May 2007
  11. ^ OFT grants Arriva clearance to take over Stagecoach's Darlington operations Arriva 23 August 2007
  12. ^ Watchdog clears bus routes sale BBC News 23 August 2007
  13. ^ Stagecoach North East Annual Report May 2012 - April 2013 Stagecoach North East

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