Bus service begins to help patients travel to new site

The exterior of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which opens on Tuesday.
The exterior of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which opens on Tuesday.

A new public bus service which will help people access Northumberland’s new hospital has been launched.

The Arriva North East service will run from Cramlington town centre to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, which opens on Tuesday. It is funded by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council.

The C1 service will operate between Cramlington railway station, Manor Walks shops and the hospital’s main entrance every half an hour on weekdays. Two existing services to Holywell and Seaton Sluice, the C2 and C3, will incorporate the new hospital. This is in addition to a free daily shuttle service which runs from general hospitals in North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham to the new hospital.