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Extra X34 services for Christmas shoppers

01 Dec 2015

With the countdown to Christmas now on passengers can take advantage of the extra bus services now on offer from South Tyneside to Newcastle and Gateshead for last minute shopping.

The X34 service from local bus operator Stagecoach North East, which runs through Harton Nook, Whiteleas and Boldon Colliery and terminates at Horsley Hill, now runs every 20 minutes from Monday to Saturday during the day, with a Dayrider ticket costing as little as £3.90.

Additionally, until 20th December, the X34 has a service on Sunday, bringing extra shopping opportunities and seasonal treats at the city’s many bars and restaurants.

Running every 30 minutes during shopping hours, the Sunday buses start from 10.14am until 4.14pm from Horsley Hill and from 11.10am until 5.10pm from Newcastle. Passengers can also make the most of the time on the bus to do some online shopping, or catch up on the latest news, with the free wifi service onboard.

Brian Sleightholme, Operations Manager of Stagecoach in South Shields, said: “With less than two weeks to the big day, customers can take the hassle of out of driving and parking and enjoy a day out shopping with these extra services we have brought on board. With a fantastic range of stores, Newcastle really does offer an amazing shopping experience, and the chance to relax for a spot of lunch, and our customers can now avoid the stress of the extra traffic and enjoy the build up to the festive season.”