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as at 4 March 2018



Stagecoach in South Shields operate a PVR of 51, covered by a network of 15 services which stretches from Fellgate in the West, Marsden on the East coast and Cleadon & the Boldons in the South.  In addition, Service X34 connects South Shields to Gateshead and Newcastle, while Services E1, E2 and E6 connect South Shields and Sunderland.


Fleet Profile
The Stagecoach in South Shields fleet comprises 59 vehicles, made up of four Enviro400s, 15 Enviro300s, a single Pointer Dart SLF and 39 Enviro200s (comprising 33 intergated Enviro200 Dart and six MAN-engined examples).

In addition, South Shields have one Driver Training Vehicle; Volvo B10M 20552.  

All of the South Shields fleet carry Stagecoach corporate livery; additionally several of the Enviro300 fleet carry distinctive branding for the 'E' services to Sunderland, and the newest Enviro200s 37304/37306-37319 carry 'Dotty' branding for services 3, 4, 7 & 8. Three of the Enviro400s (19642/43/44) carry branding for Service X34.

All of the current South Shields fleet were delivered complete with the new style interior and all have scrolling orange Sentence Case digital destination displays.

Meet the Fleet

Four Enviro400 deckers 19641, 19642, 19643 and 19644 (SP60DSE/O/U/V respectively) are operated.

A batch of 15 Enviro300's, purchased for the 'E' services to Sunderland comprise 27726, 27727, 27728, 27729, 27730, 27731, 27732, 27733, 27734, 27735, 27736, 27737, 27738, 27739, and 27740 (NK11BFN/O/P/U/V/X/Y/Z, NK54BGE/F/O/U/V/X/Y respectively).

Having previously operated a sizable fleet of Pointer 2 bodied Dart SLFs, South Shields currently operate just one, officially reserve 35188 (NK56FFH).

The most common vehicle at South Shields is the Enviro200. A total of 33 integrated versions are operated, spread across three batches: 36468, 36469, 36470, 36471, 36472, 36473, 36474, 36475, 36476, 36477, 36478, 36479, 37143, 37144, 37301, 37302, 37303, 37304, 37305, 37306, 37307, 37308, 37309, 37310, 37311, 37312, 37313, 37314, 37315, 37316, 37317, 37318 and 37319 (NK61ECN/T/V/W/X/Y/Z, NK61EDF/J/L/O/P, YX14RZO/P, SK15HDG/H/J/L/N, SK15HEV, SK15HFA/B/C/D/E, SN65OJC/D, SN65ZBO/P/R/T/U/V respectively).

The balance of the South Shields fleet is comprised of six Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66's: 39701, 39702, 39703, 39704, 39707 and 39708 (NK58AFJ, NK09EDR, NK58AFO/U/Y/Z respectively).


Average fleet age: 5.5 years

Spares on PVR: 15.7% (8/51)

Spares overall: 13.6% (8/59)


3          South Shields Market • Biddick Hall • South Shields Market

via Chichester, Stanhope Road, The Ridgeway, Harton Nook and Westoe

4          South Shields Market • Biddick Hall • South Shields Market

via Westoe, Harton Nook, The Ridgeway, Stanhope Road and Chichester

7          South Shields Market • Marsden • South Shields Market

via Chichester, Mortimer Road, Harton Nook, Horsley Hill and Westoe

8          South Shields Market • Marsden • South Shields Market

via Westoe, Horsley Hill, Harton Nook, Mortimer Road and Chichester

10        South Shields Market • Harton Nook • District Hospital • Low Simonside • Jarrow

via Beach Road, Bamburgh Avenue, Horsley Hill, Marsden Inn, Whiteleas, Biddick Hall, Simonside and Hill Park

11         Jarrow • Low Simonside • District Hospital • Harton Nook • South Shields Market

via Hill Park, Simonside, Biddick Hall, Whiteleas, Marsden Inn, Horsley Hill, Bamburgh Avenue and Beach Road

12         Mile End Road • Market • The Lonnen

via Tyne Dock & District Hospital

17          South Shields Market • Whiteleas • South Shields Market

via Laygate

18          South Shields Market • Brockley Whins • South Shields Market

via Westoe, Stanhope Road, Simonside and South Leam Estate

X20      South Shields Market • Fellgate

via Chichester, Tyne Dock & Newcastle Road

30          South Shields Market • Cleadon • The Boldons • Boldon Asda & Cineworld

X34        Horsley Hill Square • Newcastle, Pilgrim Street

via Boldon Asda and Gateshead

E1          Sunderland • Whitburn • South Shields

via Roker, Horsley Hill and Pier Head

E2          Sunderland • Whitburn • South Shields

via Fulwell Mill, Horsley Hill and Laygate

E6          Sunderland • Whitburn • South Shields

via Fulwell Road and Harton Nook

Peak Vehicle Requirements

PVR   Operated by   Notes
1 2* (Sat)

3* (Sun)

  Enviro200 Operates early morning Saturday & Sunday only.
* Uses vehicles from other PVRs
3 14   Enviro200  
10 6
(with 30)
12 2   Enviro200  
17 10   Enviro200 & Dart SLF  
X20 1   Enviro200  
30 see 10 & 11   Enviro200  
X34 3   Enviro400 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only (additionally operates Sunday daytime in November & December)
E1 15   Enviro300  
TOTAL 51    

Illustrative vehicle allocation: click here to view the actual vehicle allocation from 6 September 2017.


Where to go          

for Sightings

All South Shields services with the exception of Service X34 serve the Town Centre.  Anywhere along Keppel Street or Fowler Street (North of Winchester Street) will enable sightings of all 54 workings on these routes (peak).  Service X34 is best seen on Benton Road/Boldon Lane, where two duties can be seen within 5 minutes of each other.  Alternatively try Boldon, Horsley Hill Square or indeed Newcastle City Centre (New Bridge Street/Pilgrim Street).

for Photos

The junction of Keppel Street/Chapter Row and Waterloo Square provides an excellent spot for snapping town services.  The position of the sun means that for most of the day the best view is of buses heading west along Keppel Street to Chapter Row.  Over the course of a couple of hours this includes all vehicles operating on the town services.  An alternative is on the hill of Fowler Street, as buses leave the Town Centre.

For the X34, the best locations are on Benton Road, Nevinson Avenue or in Newcastle City Centre on Pilgrim Street or Grainger Street.

for Timetables

Stagecoach in South Shields no longer have a travelshop, but a limited counter service is offered at certain times of day to provide timetables and travel information from the depot offices on Dean Road.  The Nexus Travelshop on Fowler Street normally has a decent stock of leaflets.

The Stagecoach North East head office at the Wheatsheaf (Sunderland) has timetables for all Stagecoach North East services in Tyne and Wear.




Please remember trespassing is illegal. Do not enter any depot area without prior permission from Stagecoach.
All of what is described here can been seen from outside the perimeter fence. 

Stagecoach in South Shields is based at Dean Road, Chichester, close to Chichester Metro station.  Chichester depot has recently undergone significant refurbishment, with considerable yard space and basic garage facilities (major engineering and repaints are completed at Sunderland).

Click HERE to view an aerial map of the depot and surrounding area (external link to Google Maps).


There are three entrances to the depot, one on the roundabout on Dean Road/Laygate and two further down Dean Road. The main service fleet park up at the front, inside the depot but visible.

Behind this area are the workshops - the doors on Dean Road are usually open and views of some of whats inside may be seen from there.

The rear of the depot is where the Driver Trainers are stored and is also home to the bus-wash and access to a further outdoor standing area.

Walking round the two sides of the depot (front and down Dean Road) gives a pretty good idea of whats in there, though a view of the opposite side (usually empty) can be seen across the Metro line from outside of the doctors surgery.

The depot is
in a residential area, with car parking available on Dean Road or in the streets off it.

how to get there

from Town Centre

Walking: Leave the Town Centre on Westoe Road (past the Town Hall) and cross right onto Chichester Road.  Continue along Chichester Road for a way, to its junction with Dean Road.  You will see the former South Shields Busways travelshop (complete with Stagecoach Busways and original Economic signage) on the roundabout and the depot behind this.

Driving: Head out of the Town Centre on Station Road (from Ferry Street/Coronation Street, at the top of the Market).    The road name changes to Station Approach, then Western Approach; continue straight on to Laygate roundabout.  Turn left, onto Laygate.  A right turn at the next mini roundabout will take you straight past the depot, on Dean Road.

Busing/Metro: Services 3, 7, 17, 18, X20, 30, E2 & E6 all serve Chichester from the Town Centre (indeed Service X20 runs right past the depot).  Alternatively, hop on the Metro to Chichester.

from A19

Leave for A194 heading towards South Shields.  Stay on this road, a dual carriageway, which will pass a Tesco Superstore.  Shortly before the main entrance to Tyne Dock, there is a junction with Dean Road on the right.  Follow Dean Road and the depot is on the right a short distance along.

from A1(M)

Leave at Junction 65 for the A194(M).  Follow the A194(M) to A194 then follow the instructions above from A19.

from Newcastle

Driving: Leave Newcastle over the Tyne Bridge heading for Gateshead and Sunderland.  At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A184.  On this dual carriageway you'll pass Gateshead Stadium and Heworth Interchange.  Continue past Heworth on the A184 and take the A194 (N), then follow the instructions above under from A19.

from Sunderland

Driving: From Sunderland City Centre, cross the Wearmouth Bridge onto North Bridge Street, continuing to pass the Stagecoach in Sunderland depot head straight on to Newcastle Road (A1018). Continue on the A1018 as the road name changes to Sunderland Road, Shields Road and King George Road, before becoming Sunderland Road again. At Westoe mini roundabout, turn left onto Dean Road, continue straight over the next mini roundabout and you will see the depot in front of you.

Busing: Stagecoach services E2 & E6 serve Chichester, stopping close to the depot.


Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2004-2018.
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