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Travel News & Updates

The Highway Code: 8 changes you need to know from 29 January 2022

Rules for all types of road users will be updated in The Highway Code to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses. Changes include the introduction of a Hierarchy of Road Users and will give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over cars at junctions and crossings and come into effect from 29 January 2022. Full details can be found on Government website.

The aim of The Highway Code is to promote safety on the road, whilst also supporting a healthy, sustainable and efficient transport system. A recent article has shown that only one third of drivers know of the upcoming changes to the highway code. The changes to the Highway Code aim to improve safety for pedestrians, particularly children, older adults and people with a disability, cyclists, and horse riders.

The eight changes are as follows:

  1. Hierarchy of road users
  2. People crossing the road at junctions
  3. Walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces
  4. Positioning in the road when cycling
  5. Overtaking when driving or cycling
  6. People cycling at junctions
  7. People cycling, riding a horse and driving horse-drawn vehicles on roundabouts
  8. Parking, charging and leaving vehicles

The introduction to The Highway Code will be updated to include new rules, H1, H2 and H3:

‘Hierarchy of Road Users’ and new Rule H1 which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to other road users. The objective of the hierarchy is not to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders in every situation, but rather to ensure a more mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use that benefits all users

Rule H2: to create clearer and stronger priorities for pedestrians, particularly at junctions, and clarify where pedestrians have right of way

Rule H3: which places a requirement on drivers to give priority to cyclists when they are turning into or out of a junction, or changing direction or lane, just as they would to other motor vehicles

For more information watch the short video on the changes to the Highway Code or visit the Government website a summary of the consultation.

New Rule: Give way to pedestrians at Junctions

Durham City Bus Service Updates: New Bus Route and a change to the 40B

A new bus route, the 42, is being introduced between Mount Oswald and Durham Railway Station and the 40B Mountjoy bus service will be renamed as the 41. Both changes take effect from Monday 1st November 2021. The changes also coincide with the reopening of New Elvet Bridge Durham City bridge.

Working in partnership with Durham County Council, Go North East will commence a new bus service, running between Durham Rail Station, New Elvet, South Road and Mount Oswald. The 42 bus service will run between 07:30 and 17:57 with a flat fare of £1.50 a ticket. A full timetable can be found on the GNE website. A copy of the 41 bus timetable is also available on the GNE website.

Please note there are no changes to the timings or stops along the route. Please also note that unfortunately, the S1 Pink Bus is no longer in operation between Gilesgate and Mount Oswald.

Further details regarding public transport and other travel information are available on the Greenspace Travel website.

Northern - New Flexi Season Ticket

A Northern Flexi Season ticket will give you 8 days of travel in 28 days - any time between two stations - offering flexibility and savings. Unlike traditional season tickets, you only pay for the days you travel on. Perfect for anybody now working from home for a couple of days a week.

Are Flexi Seasons right for you?

From day tickets to season tickets, you've a great deal of choice when it comes to commuting by rail. Discover how much you could save by visiting the Northern website or watch Northern's information video.

Key Benefits
  • One ticket for 8 days of travel in 28 days
  • A saving vs Standard Anytime Day Returns
  • Unlimited all-day travel between two named stations
  • Buy in a single transaction to skip the queues at the station
  • 100% paperless - stored either as a mobile Barcode ticket or on a Smartcard

Closure of Durham Bus Station - New Bus Stop Locations

All bus services which normally stop at Durham Bus Station will be relocated along North Road, to the eastern side and nearby Milburngate, from Monday 15th February 2021 until September 2022.

Work will begin on a new £10.4 million state-of-the-art Bus Station in Durham City, which has been designed to increase the overall space for passengers, with increased facilities including parent and child toilets and a changing places toilet, as well as improved seating and space in the passenger waiting area. Stands A-L will be located along North Road, commencing with A at the northern end working towards the viaduct and working back towards Milburngate and the City Centre.

Information regarding the locations of all temporary bus stops in Durham City during the refurbishment is also available on the Durham County Council website, including a map of North Road.

Details specific to Go North East services can be found on their website. Details specific to Arriva services can be found on their website. The following table also sets out sepecific details for each service using each bus stand along North Road.




64 (Musgrave Gardens, Sherburn Village)


61, 62, 64 (North End, Brasside, Arnison Centre) + GNE 13, X20, 59 (Sun)


22, 24 (Hartlepool, Sunderland) + 6, 7, 24, X46 (AM Framwellgate Moor)


43, 48, X46 (Esh Winning, New Brancepeth, Crook)


49, 49A (Brandon)


6 (West Auckland, Cockfield)


7 (Darlington), X12 (Newcastle) + GNE X21


GNE 21, X21, 50


GNE 204, 208, 265 & Scarlet Band 52 / GNE 40, X20, X22


56, 57, 57A, X12 (Bishop Auckland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough) + GNE 59 (Sun)


GNE 20


GNE X5, X15, 16A

Updates for Local Bus Services

Bus operators are changing their services to meet demand and ensure people can make essential journeys.

Information on local bus service changes for each bus operator are provided on the Durham County Council website. Please note that all services will continue to be monitored in line with demand and ongoing advice from the government and public health bodies.

Travel on Arriva Bus Services in the Durham District Zone for £1 per day

University staff and students are able to travel within the Arriva “Durham District Zone” on any Arriva bus service around Durham City Centre and from Birtley, Barley Mow, in the North to Rushyford in the South and from Tow Law in the West to Deaf Hill in the East – for just £1 per day.

The £1 day ticket allows unlimited travel on any Arriva bus service within the zone and incorporates the Coxhoe and Brandon ‘corridors’, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and other destinations - increasing greatly the area in which staff and students can travel at reduced rates. A valid University campus ID card must be shown to the driver to gain the discounted £1 per day ticket. Daily, weekly (7 days for the price of 5) and annual tickets are available and all may be purchased directly from the driver using either cash or a contactless card payment with the exception of the annual bus ticket which may be purchased from the Arriva website.

In addtion, students are able to travel to extend their journcy and also travel to Newcastle City Centre using the £1 ticket, this option is cheaper than the cost of undertaking similar distances by private or other forms of public transport.

Example of Savings

A day return ticket from Sedgefield will save students and staff £5.60 a day, while a weekly pass from Chester le Street will be £13.50 (currently priced at £18.50) while regular travellers using the bus seven days a week would save £11.50 on the cost of the normal weekly ticket.

Full details available on the Greenspace Bus Travel website.

Annual Corporate Season Tickets for Rail Travel

In partnership with Northern, Durham University has signed up to their respective Corporate Season Ticket scheme where savings can be made by staff purchasing an Annual Season Ticket. Further details can be found our public transport website.