BUS companies in County Durham are giving customers the chance for their kids to travel for free through special offers launched to coincide with the start of school Easter holidays.

Fare-paying customers will be able to enjoy free travel for up to three children aged 11 and under across local public transport in a scheme that will stretch across Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland until May 7.

Transport bosses have welcomed the offers launched by bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with local councils to grow sustainable public transport and fight the climate emergency.

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Tobyn Hughes, managing director of Transport North East, said: “We’re working in partnership with the bus operators and Nexus to make public transport cheaper, easier and greener – by far the best way to travel around our amazing region. 

“People travelling with children can enjoy great value travel on public transport across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and County Durham. If you’re travelling by any combination of bus, Metro and the Shields Ferry, each fare-paying adult can bring along up to three children aged 11 and under for free.

“This offer will help families to get out and about on public transport more affordably over the Easter break.”

The Northern Echo: Transport bosses have welcomed the offers launched by bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with local councils. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.Transport bosses have welcomed the offers launched by bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with local councils. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.

Each bus company has introduced its own offer and customers should check on board or via company websites and social media for detailed terms and conditions. Customers with Network One tickets including Day Rover and Explorer can also take up the offer. Some season tickets are excluded from offers, as well as customers who do not pay for their travel.

Stephen King, commercial director at Go North East, said: “The Easter Holidays are always a great opportunity to get out with the kids as a family or with friends and relatives. 

The Northern Echo: A Go North East bus. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.A Go North East bus. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.

“The kids go free offer across our regional bus network and with our Network One partners which includes Stagecoach, Arriva and Tyne & Wear Metro, enables everyone to get out and about without the worry of rising fuel costs this Easter to explore this wonderful region and the attractions, towns and cities it has to offer”.

Kim Purcell, commercial director of Arriva North East, added: ‘’We are delighted to be offering families a great opportunity to travel by bus, with their children travelling free over the Easter period. We will be supporting the multi-operator offer as a member of Network One Ticketing Ltd. and are very pleased to be extending this to Arriva products* too.

The Northern Echo: An Arriva North East service. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.An Arriva North East service. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.

“Arriva are proud to support the aspirations of the North East Bus Service Improvement Plan to encourage more people back to public transport.’’

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