Coronavirus (COVID-19): Timetable Updates

Updated 15/05/2021  


Bus, train and coach timetables are subject to regular revision owing to the changing nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please keep checking this page for the latest updates. As restrictions are eased, more people are travelling together safely. It will not always be possible to sit apart from others and someone may sit next to you. If you can, please try to avoid travelling at school and college start and finish times when the public transport network is likely to be busier.


When travelling by bus, train or coach, please follow government advice and adhere to the safety measures that have been put in place:

  • Those with symptoms of the coronavirus, or who has someone in their household self-isolating, must not travel.

  • Book online or use contactless to pay for your travel if you can.

  • Plan ahead to try to limit the number of people that you come into contact with, for example by avoiding travel at peak times.

  • Face coverings are compulsory (exemptions apply to children under 11 and those with certain medical conditions or disabilities, be aware that not all disabilities are visible).

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey, avoid touching your face, and touch as few surfaces as possible.

  • Keep your distance from people not in your household or social bubble whilst waiting, following the 2 metre rule wherever possible, and respect other people's space.

  • Please be patient, wait for passengers to get off before you board and don't queue in the aisle or next to the driver when waiting to alight.

  • More people are travelling and coming together safely as restrictions are eased so it may not always be possible to sit apart from others and someone may sit next to you. Please do not sit directly facing other passengers unless they are in the same household or social bubble, and avoid standing.

  • Please open windows to help with ventilation and don't shut windows that are already open.

  • Avoid loud talking, singing or shouting, and don't consume food or drink if at all possible.

  • Dispose of waste responsibly, or take it home with you.

  • Although bus capacities have increased as restrictions are eased, more people are now travelling. Look out for ‘BUS FULL’ signs and, if this sign is visible, you may not be able to board. Please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you.


    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:

  • Arriva: Further changes from Sunday 11 April 2021 with many services increased in frequency or revised. Services 5A (Middlesbrough - Guisborough), X17 and X76 resumed operation but service X5 remains suspended until further notice. Service X94 from Middlesbrough to Whitby and Scarborough has also returned for the spring and summer holiday season, along with additional journeys on service X93. The seasonal Sunday and Bank Holiday Northern DalesBus service 831 to the Yorkshire Dales National Park commences on Sunday 16 May 2021. Some additional journeys continue to operate at school and college start and finish times. Cash payment should only be used as a last resort and no change will be given.

  • Coatham Coaches: New Monday to Friday service 18 commenced on Tuesday 1 September 2020, replacing Arriva service 81S between Stokesley and Guisborough and restoring a direct service between Guisborough, Upleatham and Saltburn.

  • Go North East: Service X9 resumed operation on Saturday 10 April 2021, restoring the combined half hourly Monday to Saturday daytime frequency between Middlesbrough and Newcastle with retimed service X10. New seasonal Seasider service X11 to Whitby and Scarborough commenced on Saturday 17 April 2021, running weekends and school holidays until 29 May, then daily until 5 September, and weekends until 31 October. The exact money is required for cash payment from Monday 27 April 2020. Use the When2Travel tool to see how busy each bus is likely to be. For immediate travel, you can see how many seats are still available.

  • Hodgsons: Services operate as normal.

  • Paul's Travel: Service 65 operates as normal.

  • Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council (Local Link): All services permanently withdrawn from Wednesday 25 March 2020.

  • Scarlet Band: Service 16 (The Pink Bus) resumed operation in Darlington, to the established timetable, on Monday 12 April 2021. Monday only service 20 remains suspended whilst services 84 and 84A continue to operate as normal.

  • Stagecoach: Further changes to most Saturday and Sunday timetables (except Tees Flex) from Sunday 11 April 2021, with weekend service frequencies restored to their pre-pandemic levels, following the increase in Monday to Friday daytime services from Monday 8 March. Tees Flex extended to cover Hartburn Village, and additional Secondary Destinations, from Monday 22 March 2021. A shuttle service operates every 20 minutes from Middlesbrough Bus and Rail Stations to the Riverside Stadium mass vaccination centre on the dates when it is open, and Tees Flex is available for journeys to the Darlington Arena mass vaccination centre from the Darlington & Stockton Zone and relevant Secondary Destinations.

  • The Little White Bus: The Richmondshire Rover Tuesday service to Teesside Park is permanently withdrawn.

    Middlesbrough Bus Station opening hours extended until 2200 each day from Tuesday 1 September 2020. Both the Newport Road and Captain Cook Square pedestrian entrances to the Bus Station continue to be in use with a two-way route in place and the toilets remain available, although with hourly closures for cleaning. From 2201 onwards, buses depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road (buses towards Stockton) or temporary bus stops in Brentnall Street outside Brentnall Business Units (all other services). Coaches depart from Stand Z outside BBC Tees in Newport Road at all times. In Middlesbrough town centre, the Cleveland Centre Stands O-S in Grange Road remain closed until further notice.

    Any valid bus ticket can be used on any bus operator from Monday 30 March 2020, to minimise inconvenience whilst services are reduced in frequency.

    Concessionary Bus Travel

    Arrangements reverted to normal across the whole of the North East from Tuesday 26 May 2020. In Darlington, the concessionary bus pass renewal process is underway. Disabled Pass holders should receive their new pass by 1 April 2021, whilst holders of Older Person's passes that expire on or before 31 March need to renew using an online service from Thursday 4 March 2021 onwards.


    Train Timetables

    Please click on the Train Operating Company links below for full service details and timetables: 

  • CrossCountry: Reduced network and timetables with some further revisions from Monday 17 May 2021. Seat reservations, which can be made up to 10 minutes before travel, are compulsory.

  • Grand Central: A reduced service resumed from Saturday 27 March 2021 with further changes from Sunday 16 May. Off-peak fares will be available on all trains on Fridays throughout 2021 and seat reservations, which can be made up to 5 minutes before departure, are compulsory for all journeys.

  • LNER: Reduced network and timetables with further changes from Sunday 16 May 2021. Super Off-Peak tickets are now available on all trains on Fridays, except for journeys between London and Stevenage. Seat reservations are required for all journeys and can be made up to 5 minutes before departure.

  • Northern: Further changes to timetables with many services restored from Sunday 16 May 2021. In particular, there are now 2 trains each hour, Monday to Saturday daytime, between Darlington, Middlesbrough and Saltburn, there are more trains between Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe and Whitby on the Esk Valley Railway, and a number of late evening journeys have been reintroduced. Buses replace trains between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool on Saturday 22 May (from mid afternoon) and Sunday 23 May 2021 (all day), with extended journey times.

  • TransPennine Express: Revised timetable from Sunday 16 May 2021. 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: A limited coach network resumed from Monday 29 March 2021 but services north of Leeds remain suspended until further notice.












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