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as at 7 September 2019



Stagecoach in South Shields operate a PVR of 31, covered by a network of nine services which stretches from Jarrow in the West, Marsden on the East coast and Whiteleas 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, Service X20 provides links to Fellgate and Service 30 coves Cleadon and the Boldons. See the Stagecoach in Sunderland Operations Profile for more details of Services E1, E2, E6, X20, 30 and X34.


Fleet Profile
The Stagecoach in South Shields fleet comprises 34 vehicles, all but one of which are Enviro200s (comprising both integrated Enviro200 Dart and MAN-engined examples), the exception being a single Pointer Dart SLF.

In addition, South Shields has one Driver Training Vehicle; MAN 18.220 A69 22071.  

All of the South Shields fleet carry Stagecoach corporate livery; additionally several of the newest Enviro200s 37304/06-11/13-16/18 carry 'Dotty' branding for services 3, 4, 7 & 8.

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

Meet the Fleet

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 22 integrated versions are operated, spread across three batches: 36478, 37143, 37144, 37301, 37302, 37303, 37304, 37305, 37306, 37307, 37308, 37309, 37310, 37311, 37312, 37313, 37314, 37315, 37316, 37317, 37318 and 37319 (NK61ECW, NK61EDO/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 11 Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66's: 39701, 39702, 39703, 39704, 39706, 39707, 39708, 39719, 39720, 39721 and 39722 (NK58AFJ, NK09EDR, NK58AFO/U/X/Y/Z, NK09EBV, NK09EPV/U respectively).


Average fleet age: 6.6 years

Spares on PVR: 9.7% (3/31)

Spares overall: 8.8% (3/34)


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

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 5   Enviro200  
12 2   Enviro200  
17 10   Enviro200 & Dart SLF  
TOTAL 31    

Please note, Services E1, E2 and E6 additionally operate between Sunderland and South Shields, Service X20 operates between South Shields and Fellgate, Service 30 connects the town with Cleadon and the Boldons and Service X34 runs betwen Horsley Hill and Newcastle. For further details of Services E1, E2, E6, X20, 30 and X34 please refer to the Stagecoach in Sunderland Operations Profile.


Where to go          

for Sightings

All South Shields services serve the Town Centre.  Anywhere along Keppel Street or Fowler Street (North of Winchester Street) will enable sightings of all 31 workings on these routes (peak). Furthermore, Services E1, E2, E6, X20 and 30, operated by Sunderland depot, also serve South Shields town centre. 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 kiosk in the new Interchange also hold stocks, however it is necessary to queue and request these.

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




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.


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