Free summer tourist bus launches to help Hartlepool visitor attractions

From left Heugh Gun Battery re-enactor Gerry Raffell, bus driver Lawrence Fenwick and Hartlepool's Maritime Experience Operations Manager Emma Dowson prepare to board the Hartlepool Explorer Bus.
From left Heugh Gun Battery re-enactor Gerry Raffell, bus driver Lawrence Fenwick and Hartlepool's Maritime Experience Operations Manager Emma Dowson prepare to board the Hartlepool Explorer Bus.

A free bus service will be running in Hartlepool over the school summer holidays to help locals and visitors get to and from the town’s attractions.

The Hartlepool Explorer Bus was first trialed by Hartlepool Borough Council over Easter and now councillors have decided to extend the pilot scheme over the summer.

The service will run four times every day between Tuesday, July 21 and Sunday, August 30.

Following a route from Seaton Carew to the Headland and back, the single-decker will stop at five key locations: Seaton Carew Bus Station, for the beach, amusements and shops; the Transport Interchange in Church Street, for Hartlepool Art Gallery; Victoria Terrace, for Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience; Navigation Point (at its junction with Harbour Walk), for Hartlepool Marina and the shops, restaurants and bars of Navigation Point; and Friar Terrace, for the Heugh Gun Battery.

The bus will stop at designated bus stops, which will be clearly marked with a Hartlepool Explorer Bus sign.

Children under the age of eight must be accompanied on the bus by a responsible person over the age of 16.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “This free service links up many of Hartlepool’s key attractions and is just the ticket for enjoying some great days out around the town this summer – and that’s good for the town’s tourist venues and businesses too.

“I hope people will really make the most of it. We will assess the effectiveness of the service at the end of the summer to help us decide whether it would be worthwhile running it again during future holiday periods.”

For more information about the Hartlepool Explorer Bus service, call (01429) 523855.

The full timetable

Seaton Carew Bus Station:

10.30am 11.30am 1.30pm 2.30pm

Transport Interchange, Church Street:

10.37am 11.37am 1.37pm 2.37pm

Victoria Terrace:

10.40am 11.40am 1.40pm 2.40pm

Navigation Point (at its junction with Harbour Walk): 10.45am 11.45am 1.45pm 2.45pm

Friar Terrace:

10.55am 11.55am 1.55pm 2.55pm

Navigation Point (at its junction with Harbour Walk):

11.05am 12.05pm 2.05pm 3.05pm

Victoria Terrace:

11.09am 12.09pm 2.09pm 3.09pm

Transport Interchange, Church Street:

11.12am 12.12pm 2.12pm 3.12pm

Seaton Carew Bus Station:

11.19am 12.19pm 2.19pm 3.19pm