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Take the Kids For Free offer on all of the region's buses this summer

Published July 18, 2022 12.41pm


Families across County Durham can enjoy free travel for children on buses this summer, throughout the school holidays.

We are supporting bus companies Arriva, Stagecoach and Go North East alongside Nexus and other local authorities to launch the special offer so that families can make the most of the summer.

Making it easier to explore 

It means an adult with a valid ticket or pass - including the English national concessionary travel card - can take up to three children aged 11 and under free with them on any journey within County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Families can also take the kids for free on the Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry as a permanent price promise.

Steve Walker, managing director of Stagecoach North East and chairman of the NTL joint ticketing board for transport operators in North East England said: "We want to bring families back to public transport this summer, and makes it easier and cheaper to enjoy days out in the region at a time many people are struggling with the cost of living.

"North East England's three big bus companies have come together with Nexus and local councils to create a simple, great value offer on all local public transport across Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

"Take The Kids For Free is a fine example of the new ways we as operators in North East England are working closely in partnership with local authorities to increase passenger numbers improve bus services."

Offer details 

The offer on buses means that any adult with a valid day or season ticket can take up to three children aged 11 and under with them for free between Saturday, 23 July, and Sunday, 4 September 2022.  Adults with a valid concessionary travel card (free bus pass) on grounds of age or disability can also take advantage of the offer without paying a penny.

The offer applies to all bus services operated by Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East for journeys within County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland.  It also applies to all bus routes provided by ourselves, Nexus and Northumberland County Council where the local authority determines the fares.

A full list of valid ticket and products can be found here Nexus: Take Kids Free