Timetable Updates

Updated 06/09/2023  


Bus Timetables

Please click on the operator links below for full service details and timetables. Current timetables can also be found on the Bus Timetables Lookup page: 

NEW Stagecoach service 6/6A (replacing former Arriva service 12) links Hurworth Place, Hurworth, Neasham, Darlington, Morton Park, Middleton St George, Oak Tree, Middleton One Row and Teesside Airport. Please click here for the timetable. 

  • Arriva: Evening and Sunday journeys were restored on services 3 and 4 in Darlington, and service 29 in Middlesbrough (along with an enhanced Saturday frequency), and Sunday service 3 in Redcar & Cleveland was reinstated, under contract to Tees Valley Combined Authority, from Sunday 3 September 2023. There were also minor changes to some other timetables from the same date, and service 12 in Darlington was withdrawn after operation on Sunday 3 September and replaced by Stagecoach service 6/6A from Wednesday 6 September 2023. Please click for the revised timetables and a more detailed summary of the Arriva changes. Many services changed from Sunday 9 July 2023 with revised routes and timetables. Some links were enhanced but a number of services and journeys were withdrawn or truncated. Please click for the revised timetables and a summary of measures to mitigate the impact of the changes. Revised fares and Tap on Tap off fare-capping introduced from Sunday 12 March 2023. To speed up your journey, please pay by contactless or using the Arriva app if you can and, if paying cash, please tender the exact fare if at all possible.

  • Go North East: Service X10 was revised from Sunday 24 July 2022, with Sunday journeys retimed and reduced to operate every 2 hours between Middlesbrough, Stockton, Billingham and Peterlee, then on to Newcastle (Peterlee - Newcastle remains hourly).

  • Stagecoach: New service 6/6A provides links between Hurworth Place, Hurworth, Neasham, Darlington, Morton Park, Middleton St George, Oak Tree, Middleton One Row and Teesside Airport from Wednesday 6 September 2023, replacing withdrawn Arriva service 12. There were minor changes to services 6, 7 and 59 in Hartlepool, and services 57, 58 and 59 in Stockton, from Sunday 3 September 2023. Most services changed from Sunday 23 July 2023 with revised timetables in operation, some at reduced frequencies, and services 13A and 58A withdrawn. Please click for the revised timetables and a summary of the changes in Hartlepool and Teesside.


September 2023 Update

Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) have recently procured a new service, numbered 6 and 6A. The purpose of this service is to replace the previous service 12 (Darlington) and part of the previous service 17 (Stockton) that were recently withdrawn. This will provide vital connectivity in areas including Hurworth, Middleton St George, Eaglescliffe, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick and Stockton.

Whilst the expected start date was initially Monday 4 September, unfortunately, the Traffic Commissioner has rejected the application for this date citing competition issues. However, the Traffic Commissioner has accepted a start date of Thursday 21 September. TVCA have appealed to the Traffic Commissioner to try and get the start date brought forward. 

In the meantime:


£2 Bus Fare Cap

The maximum single fare will be capped at £2 (adult and child) on all local bus services operated by Arriva, Go North East, Hodgsons, Stagecoach and Weardale Travel until 31 October 2023, as part of the Government's Help for Households initiative. If you normally buy a return ticket and it costs more than £4, it will be cheaper to purchase single tickets for each leg of your journey instead (Go North East are capping return tickets at £4). Please note that dedicated school and college services are excluded from this scheme. A full list of participating services is available.


Concessionary Bus Travel

Concessionary pass holders in Darlington are able to travel before 0930 on Monday to Friday, for a flat fare of 30p for any journey starting in the Tees Valley, from Friday 1 July 2022. This matches the arrangements already in place elsewhere in the Tees Valley.


Train Timetables

Industrial action by the RMT trade union is taking place on Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July 2023. Only a limited number of trains will operate, with the Tees Valley affected as follows:

  • CrossCountry: 4 trains in each direction between Newcastle and Leeds will call at Darlington, with some extending to/from Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol.

  • Grand Central: All services are expected to operate, with some minor changes to the timetable.

  • LNER: A reduced daytime and early evening only service, between London and Edinburgh only, will call at Darlington, with a train around every 1 or 2 hours. Middlesbrough and Thornaby will not be served.

  • Northern: A limited daytime service will operate between Darlington and Saltburn at roughly hourly intervals.

  • TransPennine Express: No services.

No alternative transport is provided to replace services cancelled on strike days and passengers are advised not to travel. In addition, members of the ASLEF trade union are not working overtime from Monday 17 July to Saturday 22 July, and from Monday 31 July to Saturday 5 August 2023, and this may result in short-notice alterations and cancellations. 

Please click on the relevant Train Operating Company links below for the latest full service details, including on the dates of any industrial action, and timetables (all timetables revised from Sunday 21 May 2023): 

  • CrossCountry: Reduced network and timetables with minor changes from Sunday 12 December 2021. Seat reservations, which can be made up to 10 minutes before travel, are advised.

  • Grand Central: A reduced service resumed from Saturday 27 March 2021 with additional journeys from Sunday 12 December, providing a total of 5 in each direction Monday to Saturday and 4 each way Sunday. Off-peak fares are available on all trains on Fridays and seat reservations, which can be made up to 5 minutes before departure, are compulsory for weekend journeys.

  • LNER: Pre-pandemic timetable restored from Sunday 12 December 2021, with the addition of 1 Monday to Friday journey in each direction between Middlesbrough and London, calling only at Thornaby and York. Super Off-Peak tickets are now available on all trains on Fridays, except for journeys between London and Stevenage. Seat reservations are recommended and can be made up to 5 minutes before departure.

  • Northern: Most services restored from Sunday 16 May 2021 with further minor changes from Sunday 12 December 2021.

  • TransPennine Express: A revised timetable, with many services restored, commenced Sunday 15 May 2022. Seat reservations are not available.


Coach Timetables

Please click on the operator links below for full details:

  • Megabus: Limited services, including from Middlesbrough, resumed from Monday 29 March 2021.

  • National Express: The Stockton town centre coach stop, at Bridge Road (The Thomas Sheraton) Stand M, was suspended for the long-term from Thursday 21 July 2022. Services 426 and 436 to London (and all holiday and excursion coaches) now use a temporary coach stop in Yarm Lane, outside the former Jokers public house. A limited coach network resumed from Monday 29 March 2021.


















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