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17240 X368NNO Whitley Bay Seasider | by Matt D Williamson
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17240 X368NNO Whitley Bay Seasider

Stagecoach North East open-top Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400 17240 X368NNO is pictured here on the Promenade in Whitley Bay, passing the Spanish City, while operating it's branded Coastal Service towards North Shields Ferry Terminal.

 

This year Stagecoach has launched the "Seasider" service which takes in the sights of the North East's coast from North Shields Ferry Landing through Cullercoats, Tynemouth and to Whitley Bay. The launch of the coastal service coincides with the end of the company’s City Sightseeing franchising agreement, with the open-top deckers being redepoloyed onto this new route to engage with a new customer base on the North Tyneside coastline.

 

At £4 for an all day ticket, people are able to 'Hop-On and Hop-Off' at various attractions such as Whitley Bay's regenerated Spanish City, which houses a selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and markets, the Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth Market and Whitley Bay's Storm Cellar bottle and tasting shop. Passengers are able to take advantage of special offers at these attractions with exclusive "Seasider" ticket savings.

 

The Seasider operates from North Shields Ferry and runs every half hour through the day every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday, making 12 journeys each day - plus every day during the school holidays in May, July and August.

 

17240 was new to Stagecoach East London as their TAS240. and is joined on the route with 17239, 17643 and 17645. All are in Seasider livery with the exception of 17643, which is still a Seasider spare, but is painted white for future advertising vinyls and for private hires.

 

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Taken on April 13, 2019