Arriva North East: Upcoming Service Changes

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Service 28/28A from Middlesbrough to Lingdale is having a revised route and timetable from 30th January according to the North Yorkshire County Council website. Quick check of VOSA and can't see any other changes from the 30th on there atm.
(07 Jan 2022, 1:00 am)peter Wrote: Service 28/28A from Middlesbrough to Lingdale is having a revised route and timetable from 30th January according to the North Yorkshire County Council website. Quick check of VOSA and can't see any other changes from the 30th on there atm.

Closure of Guisborough Road at Swans Corner means no buses to Nunthorpe Station.
Are there any plans for the 553 to change operators? Makes sense at the Regent Centre end to be Arriva, but for Battle Hill/Wallsend GNE would be the best. GCT or Phoenix would probably get it next if Arriva don't keep it. When is the contract up for renewal for the 47 and 553?
(09 Jan 2022, 1:58 pm)OrangeArrow49 Wrote: Are there any plans for the 553 to change operators? Makes sense at the Regent Centre end to be Arriva, but for Battle Hill/Wallsend GNE would be the best. GCT or Phoenix would probably get it next if Arriva don't keep it. When is the contract up for renewal for the 47 and 553?

According to VOSA they're not supported by subsidy. I don't know if the services are contracted by the NHS or Arriva receive some support for them, if that's the case they won't be changing hands. The fact Arriva have operated the 553 since 2014 doesn't suggest it's going to change any time soon. But they're not a Nexus contract, otherwise someone else other than Arriva would probably be operating them by now.

There are some Nexus supported journeys on the 553 but these are now operated by GCT (and are earmarked for withdrawal according to recent consultation).
553 was (possibly still is) 2 separate contracts.

Monday to Friday every 30 minutes (Regent Centre - Freeman Hospital) contracted by NHS

Monday to Saturday every 60 minutes (Freeman Hospital - Battle Hill) contracted by Nexus

Arriva worked with both contractors to Run the service across Freeman Hospital.

I believe Arriva decided to run the Battle Hill - Freeman Hospital section commercially last year, so not to split service up, as i'm led to believe that they had lost Nexus contract to GCT.
Wasnt the 553 merged with the 3?
Kind Regards
Tez