Sunderland’s summer bus praised for connecting visitors to city’s attractions

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A Sunderland bus service has been praised for providing an excellent transport link for great days out across the city this summer.

The Sunderland Connect service, 700, is running a summer timetable, which offers greater options for families heading for the beach.

The green liveried Sunderland Connect bus, which was launched in 2011, is a partnership between Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Nexus.

Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for city services, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “We hope that extending the timetable and route of the very popular 700 service over the summer will encourage even more people to use it.

“This service is a great example of what we’re all working together to provide for the travelling public. We have an increased, regular service linking the city centre and our beautiful coastline at times and prices to suit everyone.”

Corporate Manager for Bus Services at Nexus, Mike Scott, said: “The Sunderland Connect bus route is a great success story for Sunderland.

The route links Harbour View and Marine Walk to the city centre, with the Sunday service added to give families and visitors a better to link to the city’s attractions.

It 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.

It runs every 20 minutes during the week and every half hour at weekends.

An all-day hop-on-hop-off ticket is just £2.10 for adults and £5 for a family of two adults and up to three children.