THOUSANDS of workers face an easier commute after two key bus services between employment sites in Washington and Sunderland undergo a major overhaul.
Operator Nexus says the changes to the 37 and 73 routes give better and more direct links between homes and workplaces, filling gaps left between the services provided by private operators.
Both services follow routes that no commercial bus company offers and are part-funded by local authorities in Tyne and Wear.
The changes mean the 37 has been extended from Washington Galleries to serve Biddick, Teal Farm, Waterview Park, Sulgrave and Concord, including Coach Road.
And the 37 will provide a new direct route to major employment sites at Waterview Park and Doxford International for people living in south Sunderland, Herrington, Shiney Row and north Washington.
Chairman of the Washington Area Committee, Coun Bernie Scaplehorn, said: “We need to make public transport a more viable travel option for people, and tailor services to meet their needs. Working together we can listen to what local people are asking for, and hopefully continue to improve services wherever we can.” Tobyn Hughes, deputy director general of Nexus, added: “We’ve found a way to provide better bus services without additional cost to the taxpayer.”