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Old 13th Dec 2015, 23:57
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I used to catch the bus along the Coast Road to school in Newcastle from Station Road Wallsend. There were always a lot more people at the stop than there were places on the buses which were coming from the coast. Long waits and mad crushes.

Then after a year or two of miserable mornings, the Northern buses which had ferried the workers to the Ministry in Benton started to position empty down from the Old Coast Road and join our route at our stop - sheer heaven, a bus with plenty of space for us all. Ours was not a Northern route, it was Newcastle, Tynemouth and United, but Tynemouth was part of the Northern group so I suppose that was how they were allowed to operate 'fifth freedom'.

They used Guys and Leylands too, which were a nice change from the Atlanteans.

The drivers were not familiar with the route, though, and one attempted to cross the 2-ton-restricted Jesmond Dene bridge, until he was alerted by the screams of the passengers.
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