A bus driver reportedly quit his job and left passengers locked inside the vehicle in the middle of the journey.

The incident happened on the 21-service bus from Durham to Newcastle’s Eldon Square on Wednesday (August 16) night.

It is claimed the driver left the bus near the Angel of the North, closing the doors and saying, ‘you can stuff your job’.

Go North East confirmed the incident had happened and said it would investigate.

The driver is said to have pulled up at a stop near the Angel before leaving the passengers on board to figure out how to get off the bus, the BBC reports.

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The bus operator’s Business Director, Ben Maxfield. Said: “Unfortunately, we are aware that during this incident our driver left his bus unattended with passengers on board.

“We clearly can’t condone the actions of this driver and I will ensure that the issue is investigated and dealt with according to our internal procedures.

“We can only apologise to any customers who were inconvenienced by this event.”