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Sands of time running out for summer tourist bus
11:48am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A COASTAL bus service is set to carry its 1,000th passenger on its last weekend ( Saturday and Sunday August 31 and September 1) of operation.
The Little Tern Bus transports visitors along Durham’s Heritage Coast – the shortest county coastline in the country – from Seaham to Crimdon.
Once blighted by the legacy of mining, including beaches covered in coal, it was transformed by a multi-million pound makeover and is an increasingly attractive visitor destination.
Durham Heritage Coast officer Niall Benson said: “We’ve been surprised by just how many people have abandoned their car and are using the Little Tern Bus to travel along the coast instead. In fact, we’re looking for our 1,000th passenger this weekend.
“Walkers, local people, families and tourists from out of the area are all getting use from the bus and experiencing the many different attractions on offer between Seaham and Crimdon.
“Our coast is beautiful and steeped in history and we’d encourage anyone and everyone to make the most of it this summer.
“A memorable family day out can be something as simple as rock-pooling and a picnic. Our rock pools are second to none especially at this time of year.
“Durham’s beaches are now getting national media recognition in the same breath as those in Devon which is something for all our local communities to take great pride in.”
It is hoped that the free bus service, which has Government funding, will run again next summer.
The route begins at Ryhope Dene, with stops at Seaham, Dawdon (Nose’s Point), Cold Hesleden, Hawthorn, Easington Village, Easington Colliery, Horden, Blackhall and Crimdon. The service starts at 9.20am from Ryhope Dene and the last bus finishes there at 5.58pm.
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