Update from Cllr. Lucy Hovvels, 15th June 2023


I am pleased to be able to confirm that, in response, the Council has been able to secure, through negotiated contracts, the following services:

Service 6: Durham to West Auckland
· Monday to Saturday daytime: 2 buses per hour beyond West Auckland with 1 per hour to Cockfield and 1 per hour to Ramshaw (current DCC contract service 104 curtailed to terminate at Bishop Auckland instead of Ramshaw to avoid duplication).
· Monday to Saturday early evening: 1 bus per hour beyond West Auckland to Cockfield.
· The existing contract for late evening journeys to Cockfield continues.

Service 43: Durham to Esh Winning
· Monday to Saturday: 22:32 from Durham to Esh Winning and return.
· Friday and Saturday: 23:32 from Durham to Esh Winning.

Service 48 Durham to New Brancepeth
Sunday service: current timetable or close equivalent.

Service X75/X76 Darlington to Barnard Castle
Sunday service: current timetable or close equivalent.

With respect to service X21, Peterlee to Darlington, options are still being considered for what measures might be possible between Sedgefield and Newton Aycliffe.

Finally, we are also able to confirm that a contract is to be awarded to Stagecoach following open tender to reinstate the hourly service between Hartlepool and Durham via Trimdon. This service will replace the current temporary arrangement between Hartlepool and Kelloe with Gateshead Central and will continue to be numbered 59.

Full timetables for all these changes will, in due course, appear on the Council’s transport information pages at



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