TOURIST attractions are set for success this summer thanks to a bus route boost.
Landmarks including St Peter’s Church and Roker Beach – at Marine Walk and Harbour View – are to benefit from an extended route.
It is hoped hordes of holidaymakers will take advantage of the Sunderland Connect 700 route, which will link the seaside to the city centre.
The 12-week-long route, which runs on the “hop-on, hop-off” green bus, has been organised through a partnership between the city council, Sunderland University and Nexus.
The aim is not only to encourage families and children to spend more time at the city’s cultural hotspots, but also to use public transport rather than cars, as the hybrid bus is more environmentally friendly.
Tobyn Hughes, deputy director general of Nexus, said: “We’re delighted to be making Sunderland Connect even better for people and visitors to the city this summer. There’s so much to enjoy in Sunderland, from the spectacular coast and refurbished National Glass Centre to big exhibitions at the Museum and Winter Gardens, and Sunderland Connect is the way to see them all.”
The bus route, which ran for eight weeks for the first time last year, has improved timetabling, with a bus every 20 minutes.
Early-morning commuter links to the hospital and city campus during the day will remain the same throughout the year.
Councillor James Blackburn, responsible for city services, said: “The summer 700 route is an even better way to explore all our city has to offer.
“Encouraging more people to use public transport is good for both the economy and environment, and will encourage people to get out, about, and active.”