The Sunderland Connect service 700 that links the city’s main visitor attractions is benefitting from three new buses and a new livery that reflects the city’s heritage, including the iconic Wearmouth Bridge on the side of the buses.
Go North East is supplying the Optare Solos which are equipped with audio and visual announcements and liveried to reflect the strong connection between the service and Sunderland’s heritage.
The Sunderland Connect service 700 is paid for and operated through a partnership between Sunderland City Council, Nexus and the University of Sunderland.
“Sunderland Connect provides a vital link across to all of the visitor destinations and attractions that the city has to offer, and passengers can now look forward to three brand new buses on the route,” says Nexus head of bus services Mike Scott. “This investment will help us to build on the success of Sunderland Connect, which is an affordable and convenient bus service that is popular with shoppers, visitors and students.”
Sunderland City Council cabinet member for environment and transport Amy Wilson adds: “The 700 provides people with an accessible, affordable and convenient way of travelling to and through the city centre, to some very popular destinations.
“The joint funding of the 700 with our partners at Nexus and the University of Sunderland is also another demonstration of this city’s commitment to promoting public transport, and working together to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions.”
Sunderland Connect, which was launched in 2011, is the main route that links attractions in Sunderland, including the Empire Theatre, the Stadium of Light, the Aquatic Centre, the National Glass Centre and the Museum and Winter Gardens.