Stagecoach North East

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Stagecoach North East
Stagecoach in Newcastle bus 19442 Alexander Dennis Trident 2 Enviro 400 NK58 FNG in Newcastle 25 April 2009.JPG
Parent Stagecoach
Founded 1986
Headquarters Sunderland
Service area Tees Valley
Tyne and Wear
Service type Bus services
Hubs Hartlepool
South Shields
Depots 6
Fleet 441 (December 2017)
Website East

Stagecoach North East is a bus operator of providing services in North East England. It is a subsidiary of Stagecoach. The company is made up of two formerly municipal operations; Busways Travel Services and Cleveland Transit.

Busways Travel Services[edit]

Alexander PS bodied Scania N113 in Newcastle in September 2003
Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian in Stockton-on-Tees in May 2009

Stagecoach's first presence in the North East of England came with the purchase of Busways Travel Services[1] in July 1994 from its employees and management shareholders. Busways Travel Services Limited is now a holding company for Stagecoach North East's operations in Newcastle, South Shields and Sunderland, the three locations in which Busways operated.

Stagecoach in Newcastle[edit]

Stagecoach in South Shields[edit]

Stagecoach is the largest operator of local services in South Shields. Stagecoach in South Shields operates mostly local services within South Shields, however services linking the town to Gateshead, Jarrow, Newcastle and Sunderland are also operated.[2] Stagecoach in South Shields is the eventual successor to South Shields Corporation Transport.

Stagecoach in Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland operates a large network of local services in the city. Only one of Sunderland’s operations leave the city’s boundaries, the X24 express to Gateshead and Newcastle.[citation needed] Services E1, E2 and E6, which operates out of the city to South Shields are operated by Stagecoach in South Shields.

Cleveland Transit[edit]

Stagecoach purchased Cleveland Transit[3] in September 1994. Cleveland Transit also owned Kingston upon Hull City Transport, now part of Stagecoach East Midlands. Darlington Transport Company[4] refused to sell to Stagecoach, and a Competition Commission inquiry later concluded:

"It was the combination of Busways' actions in recruiting so many of DTC's drivers so quickly, registering services on all its routes and running free services which caused DTC's final collapse. We find these actions to be predatory, deplorable and against the public interest. The adverse effects which we identify are the disruption of the orderly sale of DTC and the deterrence of future competitive entry into local bus markets where Stagecoach is present, with implications not only in the reference area but elsewhere."[5]

In December 1994 Hartlepool Transport was purchased by Stagecoach.[6] The Stagecoach Darlington company was sold to Arriva North East in 2007.

Stagecoach in Hartlepool[edit]

Hartlepool operates a network of local services around Hartlepool. It also operates route 1 to Middlesbrough, operating every half hour between Throston Grange and Middlesbrough.[7]

Stagecoach on Teesside[edit]

Stagecoach on Teesside operate a number of local services in the Middlesbrough and Stockton areas, as well as route 36 to Hartlepool, which operates every 15 minutes .[8]

Former operations[edit]

Stagecoach in Darlington[edit]

After its purchase by Stagecoach, Busways became a key participant in the Darlington Bus War, with the establishment of Stagecoach in Darlington. In 1995 Stagecoach in Darlington passed from Busways to Cleveland Transit.[6]

In August 2007 the Darlington depot was sold to Arriva North East with 28 Dennis Darts.[9][10][11] Arriva North East's Darlington depot was closed with operations consolidated at the former Stagecoach depot.


As at December 2017 the fleet consisted of 441 buses and coaches.[12]

Stagecoach North East operate six depots, in Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Slatyford, Newcastle Upon Tyne, South Shields, Sunderland and Walkergate, Newcastle Upon Tyne.


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2295227 Busways Travel Services Limited
  2. ^ "South Shields Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Companies House extract company no 2546698 Cleveland Transit Limited
  4. ^ Companies House extract company no 2003023 Darlington Transport Company Limited
  5. ^ "The supply of bus services in the north-east of England". Competition Commission. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Cleveland Transit Ltd The 500 Group
  7. ^ "Hartlepool Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach Bus. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Teesside Bus Guide" (PDF). Stagecoach. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Cheaper travel for passengers as Arriva takes over Stagecoach's Darlington services Arriva 9 May 2007
  10. ^ OFT grants Arriva clearance to take over Stagecoach's Darlington operations Arriva 23 August 2007
  11. ^ Watchdog clears bus routes sale BBC News 23 August 2007
  12. ^ Stagecoach North East Annual Report May 2012 - April 2013[permanent dead link] Stagecoach North East

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