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Durham University


Arriva £1 Day Tickets

Travel within the Arriva Durham District for £1 per day!

University staff and students will be able to travel further for £1 a day around the Arriva “Durham District Zone”. The £1 day ticket arrangement allows for unlimited travel on any Arriva bus service within the Durham District Zone and now 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.

Daily or weekly tickets can be purchased directly from the driver using either cash or a contactless card payment. Other options are listed below and tickets can be purchased directly from the Arriva website (except the £1 day tickets which can only be purchased from on the bus).

Students can continue to enjoy discounted travel to Newcastle City Centre (using the X12 service from 30 September 2018) and now at only £1 per day, this option will be cheaper than the cost of undertaking similar distances by private or other forms of public transport. Please note that some timings for the X12 have changed along with the route in Stockton - please refer to the new timetable.

Example of Savings

A day return ticket from Sedgefield will save students and staff £5.60 a day (normally £6.50), while a weekly pass from Chester-le-Street will save £13.50 (current ticket pric £18.50) while regular travellers using the bus seven days a week, would save £11.50 on the cost of the normal weekly ticket from Chester-le-Street.

Ticket Options

Day Week 15 Weeks' Ticket Academic Year*
Durham University £1 £5 £45 £120

*The annual academic year ticket is valid from 1 September to 31 July and can be purchased anytime directly from the Arriva website.

A valid campus ID card must shown to the driver to purchase and/or use, along with the ticket, for each journey undertaken.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus service within the Zone any time of the day, with no limit on the number of times the ticket can be used per day. Staff and students can benefit by travelling into Durham from several areas, including Pity Me, Newton Hall, Framwellgate Moor, Sherburn Village, Merryoaks Broom Park, and Bearpark.

The boundary points are all noted on the map, but for ease of reference, here’s a list of the main ones:

  • Newcastle, Eldon Square (final boundary line - students only)
  • Birtley, Barley Mow (the Barley Mow bus stop is the final boundary line for staff)
  • Esh Winning – whole village (service ends there)
  • Tow Law – whole village (service ends there)
  • Toft Hill – whole village (service ends there)
  • West Auckland – Copeland Road End
  • Redworth – Redworth Hall Hotel
  • Rushyford – Eden Arms
  • Sedgefield – The Green
  • Deaf Hill – Wingate Road End
  • Wheatley Hill – Office Street
  • Ludworth – Post Office

Why the Change?

The change comes as a result of the University varying its inter-campus bus contract with local bus services provider, Arriva.

The relocation of academic and college activity from the Queen’s Campus in Stockton to Durham City means there is no longer enough demand to justify a free ‘inter-campus’ bus service between these areas – a key part of the current contract. This means that, from 30 September, staff and students will no longer be able to travel for free on the Arriva X12, 56, 57 and 57A bus services.

However, instead of cancelling the contract, Durham University has committed to continuing its investment in green travel initiatives. Working with Arriva, it has agreed to cap Durham District Zone day tickets at £1 for staff and students.

Durham University is committed to being one of the most environmentally sustainable universities in the UK. Increasing reliance on public transport and reducing the use of single occupancy vehicles is critical to the success of these efforts.

It is anticipated that continuing the contract with Arriva will mean fewer staff and students using private transport – thereby reducing pollution, congestion, and pressure on parking spaces, which are already at capacity. The University has already exceeded its 2020 target to reduce the percentage of our staff who use private transport to travel to work and discounted bus travel will continue to reduce the need to travel by car.

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