Grab a bus to the beach – summer Sunday Sunderland Connect service announced

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A BUS service is starting its summer timetable.

The Sunderland Connect service has a new Sunday route to link the city centre with the coast.

And from today, the 700 Sunderland Connect route will link Harbour View and Marine Walk to the city.

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 the city centre shops, rail and Metro stations.

The bus route is a partnership between Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Nexus.

The council’s cabinet member for city services, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: “Extending the timetable and the route of this very popular service over the summer months, should encourage even more people to use it.

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

Tobyn Hughes, deputy director general of Nexus, said: “Sunderland Connect is growing in popularity all the time, and the £5 family ticket and new Sunday services make it an even better way to enjoy all that the city has to offer.”

The buses, operated by Go North East, run every 20 minutes during the week and every half hour at weekends.