Posted by: SB Websites | May 14, 2015


Arriva Logo

The X18 operates from Ashington depot and runs express from Newcastle to Morpeth serving only Regent Centre, it then runs via Pegswood, Widdrington Station, Red Row, Acklington, Broomhill, Amble, Warkworth, Alnmouth and Alnwick Bus Station every hour. Then at peak times the X18 extends to Berwick-Upon-Tweed via Longhoughton, Craster, Embleton, Beadnall, Seahouses, North Sunderland, Bamburgh, Budle, Belford, Beal, Haggerston Castle and Scremerston. The X18 is classed as the more tourist-focused route serving all the major coastline Northumbrian destinations passing many Coasts and Castles along the route with the X15 as the true express. It is interesting to note on the X18 the branding doesn’t actually say “Quick links from Arriva” but simply just “from Arriva” as the full route takes 3 hours 54 minutes! The X18 had brand new ’64 Alexander-Dennis Enviro 400’s purchased and wear a slightly different livery to the older refurbished E400’s which includes the map on the side (similar to the X93) which harks back the Coast and Castles Connection brand (This combined the X14/X15/X18 running between the Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick, but all these routes all gained MAX branding) as well the aquamarine swirls on the front bumper panels. The services together combine a service every 15 minutes from Newcastle to Morpeth, 2 buses an hour to Alnwick and 2 buses every hour at peak times to Berwick. Across these services there is one reserve, which used to be in X14 livery that wears simple vinyls on the side explaining the quick links into Newcastle. Shown below is E400 7529 NK64 EFM.

7529 MAX X18


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