VISITORS to Sunniside’s new market are being urged to hop on a new super-route bus that has hit the roads.
The Sunderland Connect 700 service connects major city centre attractions and amenities, including the Stadium of Light and Aquatic Centre, St Peter’s and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Sunderland Royal Hospital.
It also provides new links to student halls in Millfield.
This Saturday sees the launch of a new market which organisers hope will breathe new life into the Sunniside area. Wearsiders wanting to visit the stalls can get dropped off there thanks to the service.
From next summer, the route will be extended further to Sunderland Marina and residents living near Dame Dorothy Street.
Bernard Garner, Nexus director general, said: “Sunderland Connect provides new local links for residents and students while also creating an attractive and easy way for visitors to get around.”
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “The new Sunderland Connect service is a welcome addition to the city which will provide a much-needed way for people to reach a number of key destinations across Sunderland.”
The route runs from Park Lane Interchange via the university’s Chester Road campus, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Hylton Road to the student halls in Millfield.
It then crosses Wearmouth Bridge, stopping at St Peter’s Metro station before passing the Stadium of Light and Aquatic Centre, continuing to the National Glass Centre and St Peter’s campus.
It then returns to the city, through Sunniside and past the Museum and Winter Gardens and on to Park Lane.
Later this month, Sunderland Connect will go green when new vehicles boasting environmentally-friendly hybrid engines to keep down emissions hit the road.
Sunderland Connect is funded by Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Nexus.
Sunniside Market takes place on Saturday, from 9am to 4pm and features a host of stalls for visitors to browse.
The market, which showcases the wares of Sunniside businesses, will include food stalls serving up Italian deli and fresh pizzas, organic fruit and veg and cupcakes.
There will also be designer clothes stalls, art stalls, have-a-go pottery and glass-blowing and live music from local bands.
For more information, visit www.sunnisidestreetmarket.co.uk