Stagecoach QuayLink's extension proposal

Stagecoach QuayLink's extension proposal Newcastle city council plans to extend QuayLink service, operated by Stagecoach, to Byker.
CHANGES are being proposed to Tyneside's cross-river QuayLink bus service to increase passenger numbers and streamline services. The £7.7million service, which started last July, is funded by Newcastle and Gateshead councils and by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear PTE. It is operated by Stagecoach using New Zealand-built Designline hybrid buses.

Newcastle city council is suggesting extending the service to Byker, and reducing evening frequencies.

John Shipley, Newcastle's deputy Liberal Democrat leader, says: "We're fully behind the QuayLink service, but we have to ensure we get full value for money. Having said that, we're questioning whether so many buses are needed in the evenings. We're also questioning whether there should be a variation in the routes so the buses reach other parts of the area."

In a separate move Nexus has introduced free travel on the QuayLink service for Metro travellers with a zone one pass. This scheme will run for six months and is intended to boost use of the service.