PASSENGERS in South Tyneside have been given more time to catch a new bus.
The 27X service was launched in Hebburn for a six-month trial period at the start of June.
This followed long-running complaints that the town’s bus network was inadequate, with many passengers claiming they felt “stranded”.
But now the bus trial period has been extended until next May, to give passengers more time to prove the new link is needed.
Plus, the 27X service will make an extra stop in Hebburn, to further improve the service.
Coun Eddie McAtominey, a Hebburn South member and also chairman of the South Tyneside Better Bus Partnership, said: “I have been in negotiations with the bus companies involved.
“And I am delighted to say the trial period has been extended until May.
“Originally, the trial period for the 27X was due to last until December, so this will give local passengers more time to use the service.
“Plus, an additional stop has been added – in Mill Crescent, Hebburn – which was left off the original route.
“But the message remains the same: people in Hebburn must use the service, or lose it.
“The bus companies must know that it’s economically viable to run this service in Hebburn.”
The new route is being funded by Go North East and Nexus, who are assessing passenger numbers during the trial period.
The 27X runs hourly in Hebburn during the day, linking Victoria Road West, Victoria Road East, Black Road and Argyle Street with Hebburn town centre.
There are also limited stops at Heworth Metro station, and in Gateshead town centre and Newcastle city centre.
n For more details about the route of the 27X, call Traveline on 20 20 747 or visit www.simplygo.com and www.nexus.org.uk.