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(13/10/2017, 22:39)BusLoverMum Wrote: You can't really do much with a day in Hartlepool, these days, though my mother in law is partial to fish and chips from TJ Hugh's. She can't really manage it on the bus any more, though, as she needs her scooter.


Hartlepool is has really gone down over the years an hour in the town is more than enough for me. Many moons ago I could spend a full day.


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(13/10/2017, 22:44)2bagstew Wrote: Hartlepool is has really gone down over the years an hour in the town is more than enough for me. Many moons ago I could spend a full day.


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It's a shame buses haven't properly made their way down to navigation point, much more attractive things to do there. Between Middleton Grange, Marina Way shops, the maritime museums and Navigation Point I think Hartlepool can make a day out. The issue arises that these locations are probably just too far away from one another to be practical or attractive for most people. Some sort  of town centre circular would be beneficial to all parties, but  highly unlikely to happen.
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(13/10/2017, 13:41)RobinHood Wrote: *Apparently* - Arriva are also extending the Durham District fare zone from the end of the month.

It has been suggested that it will be extended south to Rushyford & Sedgefield and to the East to cover as far as Wheatley Hill.

Confirmed - ETC customers have been notified by email:

Quote:"Good morning,
Due to changes to our boundaries in the County Durham area, the Durham District zone is being extended to include Ferryhill, Chilton, the Trimdons and Sedgefield. This is just an email to let you know that your ticket will entitle you to travel in these areas in addition to the travel you already get, from 29th October 2017. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
 
Kind regards,
ETC Team"
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(14/10/2017, 20:59)Adrian Wrote: Confirmed - ETC customers have been notified by email:

It’s only a saving of 50p from Durham County Ticket
That’s not much good for the people from Trimdon if they can’t travel too Peterlee as most people use Peterlee do there shopping.


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(14/10/2017, 21:39)2bagstew Wrote: It’s only a saving of 50p from Durham County Ticket
That’s not much good for the people from Trimdon if they can’t travel too Peterlee as most people use Peterlee do there shopping.


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Lets be fair here.... its a saving of £25 a month for those that use the ETC scheme, and currently commute between Sedgefield and Durham (or even Newcastle!). £51 for a Durham District monthly (not 4-weekly), as oppose to £76 for a Durham County monthly. Its a similar £25 saving for non-ETC customers too.

I do take the point about Trimdon, and given that the villages are classed as 'East Durham', it seems seems daft that they aren't included in the East Durham saver.
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(14/10/2017, 21:58)Adrian Wrote: Lets be fair here.... its a saving of £25 a month for those that use the ETC scheme, and currently commute between Sedgefield and Durham (or even Newcastle!). £51 for a Durham District monthly (not 4-weekly), as oppose to £76 for a Durham County monthly. Its a similar £25 saving for non-ETC customers too.

I do take the point about Trimdon, and given that the villages are classed as 'East Durham', it seems seems daft that they aren't included in the East Durham saver.


I feel the Durham District Ticket may be wrongly priced now as other than the day ticket £6.50 all other tickets are cheaper than eg the East Durham Saver which is £5 a day, the £23 per week, £80 per month whereas the Durham District is £18.20 for a week, £60 per month.
I would enjoy it while you can as I can’t see Arriva leaving there prices as they will be losing a lot of money.



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(14/10/2017, 22:49)2bagstew Wrote: I feel the Durham District Ticket may be wrongly priced now as other than the day ticket £6.50 all other tickets are cheaper than eg the East Durham Saver which is £5 a day, the £23 per week, £80 per month whereas the Durham District is £18.20 for a week, £60 per month.
I would enjoy it while you can as I can’t see Arriva leaving there prices as they will be losing a lot of money.

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I agree that the day ticket isn't good value for money, but I don't think there can be any argument about the monthly/4-weekly options representing very good value for money. You've also got to consider that East Durham is a competitive corridor, with Go North East providing Sunderland to Hartlepool links via Peterlee, expresses on to Newcastle and Teesside, and also a lot of local services. It is funny what a bit of competition offers customers, in terms of value for money.

I think it is perhaps a little subjective to suggest that Arriva 'will be losing a lot of money' because of their prices. Whilst clearly they won't run the buses out of the kindness of their hearts, I would hope similar caution is given to pricing customers out of the market. Equally as dangerous in my opinion.
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