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
The 56 will be returning to a half hourly service across the full route from the 30th January.
(21 Jan 2022, 5:52 pm)peter Wrote: The 56 will be returning to a half hourly service across the full route from the 30th January.
I can't see any mention of this on the Go North East website - all alterations are shown as until further notice.
(22 Jan 2022, 10:13 am)busmanT Wrote: I can't see any mention of this on the Go North East website - all alterations are shown as until further notice.

I'd hope not it's an Arriva service Tongue - https://api.arrivabus.co.uk/routes/servi...n-2022.pdf

Ironically though the GNE 56 is going back to normal service on the same day https://www.nexus.org.uk/bus/timetables?...l&title=56
(22 Jan 2022, 10:34 am)Storx Wrote: I'd hope not it's an Arriva service Tongue - https://api.arrivabus.co.uk/routes/servi...n-2022.pdf

Ironically though the GNE 56 is going back to normal service on the same day https://www.nexus.org.uk/bus/timetables?...l&title=56
I still can't see any mention on the Go North East website of this going back to normal, I would have expected GNE to tell its passengers rather than Nexus
(22 Jan 2022, 11:12 am)busmanT Wrote: I still can't see any mention on the Go North East website of this going back to normal, I would have expected GNE to tell its passengers rather than Nexus

Go North East hasn't told its passengers because they aren't reverting back to normal timetables from this date.
(22 Jan 2022, 10:13 am)busmanT Wrote: I can't see any mention of this on the Go North East website - all alterations are shown as until further notice.

Just for clarification - this is the Arriva thread and the service in question is the 56 from Durham to Bishop Auckland. The 56, alongside the 6, 7 and 64 were temporarily reduced from 31st October 2021 due to driver shortages. The 56 is now returning to it's normal timetable where one journey per hour was running between Bishop Auckland and Coundon only which is now re-extended through to Durham. No word yet on when the 6, 7 and 64 will revert, but on VOSA the 'End Date' for these changes is 31st March 2022, so perhaps that's the ideal.
(22 Jan 2022, 11:16 am)Dan Wrote: Go North East hasn't told its passengers because they aren't reverting back to normal timetables from this date.
Well, I wonder if it will be before March. 

Also, I hope from the past few weeks that GNE can get some extra capacity on some routes, e.g 39/20/X1/60 (granted not much more can be done)/X45/46.