Kids can ride FREE on County Durham buses this Easter – Here’s how

BUS companies in County Durham are giving customers the opportunity to give their children free travel through special offers to coincide with the start of the Easter holidays.

Fare-paying customers can enjoy free travel for up to three children aged 11 and under on local public transport through May 7 in a program spanning Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Transport chiefs have hailed bids from bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with municipalities to scale up sustainable public transport and tackle the climate emergency.

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Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East, said: “We are working in partnership with bus operators and Nexus to make public transport cheaper, easier and greener – by far the best way to get around our amazing region.

“People traveling with children can travel cheaply on public transport in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. When traveling on any combination of bus, tube and the Shields Ferry, each paying adult can take up to three children aged 11 and under free.

“This offer helps families to use public transport more cheaply over the Easter holidays.”

Transport chiefs have welcomed offers from bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with local authorities. Image: NORTHERN ECHO.

Each bus company has launched its own offer and customers should check for detailed terms and conditions on board or via the company websites and social media. Customers with Network One tickets, including Day Rover and Explorer, can also take advantage of the offer. Some season tickets are excluded from offers, as are customers who do not pay for their journey.

Stephen King, Commercial Director at Go North East said: “The Easter holidays are always a great opportunity to go out with the kids as family or to meet up with friends and relatives.

The Northern Echo: A Go North East bus.  Image: NORTHERN ECHO.A Go North East bus. Image: NORTHERN ECHO.

“The children’s offering is free on our regional bus network and with our Network One partners, which include Stagecoach, Arriva and Tyne & Wear Metro, it allows everyone to explore this beautiful region without having to worry about rising fuel costs the sights and cities it has to offer”.

Kim Purcell, Commercial Director, Arriva North East added: “We are delighted to offer families a great opportunity to travel by coach, with their children traveling free during the Easter period. We will continue the multi-operator offer as a member of Network One Ticketing Ltd. support and are very happy to extend this to Arriva products*.

The Northern Echo: A north-east service from Arriva.  Image: NORTHERN ECHO.A Northeast service from Arriva. Image: NORTHERN ECHO.

“Arriva is proud to support the North East Bus Service Improvement Plan’s efforts to encourage more people to return to public transit.”

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