With spring now here, it’s all aboard and buckets and spades at the ready as Stagecoach North East unveils a new seaside bus route along the North Tyneside coast later this month.
The local bus operator is launching its coastal open top service, the Seasider, between North Shields Ferry and Whitley Bay from Saturday 13 April.
The route will take in some of the borough’s top tourist attractions and leisure facilities and is sure to be a draw for residents and visitors from the north east and further afield.
Departing from North Shields Ferry Landing, the Seasider will take in Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay, allowing passengers to visit a wide variety of exciting destinations, including the newly-renovated, iconic landmark of Spanish City with its restaurants, cafes, bars and markets.
Great views can be found at English Heritage’s Tynemouth Priory and Castle, also on the route, alongside the many sea life creatures at the Blue Reef Aquarium, shopping opportunities at Tynemouth market and tasty craft beers at the north east’s newest craft ale brewery, Storm Cellar in Whitley Bay.
Stagecoach North East is working closely with the key organisations along the North Shields coast to offer great promotional opportunities for customers. To celebrate the launch, seaside bus ticket holders can receive a discount of £2 per adult (up to six people) at Blue Reef Aquarium and 25 percent discount for adult tickets at Tynemouth Priory.
Norma Redfearn CBE, North Tyneside Council’s Elected Mayor, said: “We already know how beautiful and picturesque the North Tyneside coastline is and how much it has to offer.
“It’s great to hear that a new seaside bus route has been launched, which will complement the coastline land train and other tours already taking place and give even more people the chance to enjoy the coast from the North Shields ferry all the way to Whitley Bay.
“We have invested heavily in regenerating and improving our seafront and we are proud of our achievements so I’m sure this service will really showcase this and prove to be a welcome addition offering something new and unique for families, residents and visitors.”
Kyle Mackings, CEO of Spanish City welcomed the new coastal bus route service, saying: “The new seaside bus route is brilliant news, we can’t wait to welcome visitors new and old to the beautiful coastline Spanish City sits on.
We’re so proud of the area and have been heavily involved in working to attract more and more people back to Whitley Bay. The Stagecoach offering represents sustainability and great value for money that we hope will be hugely successful.”
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “We are delighted to launch this exciting new seaside service which will offer visitors plenty of opportunities to explore the northern coastline of North Tyneside from late spring until early autumn.
“The coastal open top bus service represents a further investment from Stagecoach North East and demonstrates our commitment to delivering more choice, better value for money and new opportunities to travel.”
Prices will start at £2.50 for a single and £4 for a ‘hop-on, hop-off’ ticket and services commence from 9.57am until 16.23pm on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-April until mid-September. Running twelve times each day, passengers can board the Seasider service at various locations along the route. For further information, download the timetable and route map.