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New journey planners make bus travel easy for visitors

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Jeff Sutheran from NNTA and Chris Curtis from Arriva Northeast with the new journey planners Photo: Iain Robson

A collection of new journey planners are now available to make bus travel easier for visitors to the north Northumberland Coast. The planners have been designed to give visitors all of the information they need to easily explore the area without having to use their car.

Each journey planner tells visitors how to get to all of the major attractions and destinations in the area - including which buses to catch from where they are staying, how long the journeys take and information about any connections. The A4 sheets also include some suggested itineraries and information about discounts and tickets.

We launched the new planners last Wednesday, when tourism businesses were shown first-hand how good the bus services are, as they took a trip on an Arriva X18.

Providing easy to understand travel information to visitors is the most important thing we can do to encourage them to leave their cars behind for a few days during their stay in Northumberland. The owners of accommodation businesses are best placed to provide this information and these journey planners will make that job easier for them.

The holiday cottage industry told us that A4 information sheets are the best way to present this information and we have done that. These new journey planners are aimed specifically at visitors and accommodation providers and will complement our timetables to encourage more ‘car-free days’ to be taken.

The launch of the new planners coincides with the start of the summer timetable on 30th April which providing a more frequent service along the Northumberland coast.

We have funded these planners through a grant from our Sustainable Development Fund to the North Northumberland Tourism Association. Eight individual planners have been produced for Berwick, Belford, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Embleton, Alnmouth and Warkworth.

Tourism businesses are encouraged to print out the best planner according to their location and make them available to their customers. We can provide help with adapting the planners for other places.

Download the planners as pdfs