SUNNY Sunderland family the Hansons got onboard a new bus service taking passengers to the coast.
The Sunderland Connect service, 700, is now running to a summer timetable, which offers greater options for families heading for Roker Beach to enjoy the hot weather.
The Hanson family, from Sunderland – mum Dawn and children Caitlin and Ben, were joined by Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, Coun Michael Mordey, to try out the expanded 700 service.
The popular Sunderland Connect route links Harbour View and Marine Walk to the city centre, with a new Sunday service added to give visitors a better link to attractions.
Sunderland Connect, powered by a fleet of greener hybrid buses, already passes the Empire Theatre, Stadium of Light, Aquatic Centre, St Peter’s Church, National Glass Centre and Winter Gardens – as well as city centre shops, rail and Metro stations.
The bus route is a partnership between Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Nexus. Coun Mordey said: “We hope that extending the timetable and route of this very popular service over the summer months will encourage even more people to use it. We need to make public transport more people’s preferred travel option and this bus service is an affordable and convenient way for families and visitors to get around.”