Bus services improved for people in Washington

Pictured at the launch of a new bus sevice for Teal Farm, Washington l-r  Coun.'s Fiona Miller, Barry Curran, Neville Padgett, June and Eddie Kerry of Compass Buses, and Tobyn Hughes Deputy Director General of Nexus.

Pictured at the launch of a new bus sevice for Teal Farm, Washington l-r Coun.'s Fiona Miller, Barry Curran, Neville Padgett, June and Eddie Kerry of Compass Buses, and Tobyn Hughes Deputy Director General of Nexus.

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BUS service changes are just the ticket for a fast-growing Washington estate.

Nexus has been working with councillors and residents to make changes which will see the city council-funded 73 route provide new links through Teal Farm to schools and shops in Washington, as well as workplaces in north Sunderland and the city centre.

The service now takes in Waterview Park and Teal Farm, and through Biddick to The Galleries.

Councillor Fiona Miller, who represents Washington East and is a member of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “Good transport links are vital for any community

“We are delighted that working together we have brought about an improved, expanded service for people living in this part of Washington.

“People told us where changes needed to be made, and these changes have now been made to help people get more easily to school, the shops and to work by bus along this route.”

Nexus deputy director general Tobyn Hughes said: “We are improving route 73 after consultation with councillors and residents to provide new links to education, employment sites and shops.

“This is a good example of how Nexus responds to the needs of the community to provide the best possible service, despite the pressure on overall public spending.”

The route now goes from Park Lane Interchange via Sunderland Enterprise Park, Hylton Riverside Retail Park, Castletown, Sunrise Enterprise Park, Waterview Park, Teal Farm, Biddick, The Galleries, Peel Retail Park, Sulgrave, Concord and Coach Road Estate.