BUS company Go North East will increase its weekend services from this Saturday, July 4.

The company said it will maintain the early morning key worker journeys it has been running in recent months and add extra services to support the opening of more shops, pubs and some leisure businesses.

Weekday journeys, which were enhanced last month, will remain as they are now, with buses running to timetables that are similar to their pre-coronavirus times following changes on June 1.

Evening frequencies on services will remain reduced for now, as not all businesses will be open, but the company said it will continue to monitor demand and look to reintroduce journeys when it increases.

Timetables can be viewed here and to help passengers travel safely Go North East's website has a 'how many seats are left on my bus?' feature and When2Travel prediction engine to see how quiet your bus is going to be.