The award-winning AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus service – so named because that’s the year the Romans began work on the manmade barrier – gets rolling again for the tourist season on April 6.
The service allows locals and visitors alike to get out and about in Hadrian’s Wall Country.
For the first time a new season ticket for regular bus users costing £122 and valid for unlimited travel on the route over the seven months it operates, is being introduced by the Hadrian’s Wall Bus Partnership.
It is available exclusively through the Hadrian’s Wall Heritage website at www.hadrians-wall.org.
Coordinated by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, the partnership includes Northumberland and Cumbria County Councils, the Northumberland National Park Authority, English Heritage, National Trust, Carlisle City Council and the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, said: “We are providing a lifeline for local people stricken by the cost of diesel and petrol in rural areas. At a time when rural bus routes across the country face financial pressure, the AD122 is now even more affordable.
“It’s valuable in helping to make the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site sustainable for visitors too, allowing them to access tourism businesses and attractions right along Hadrian’s Wall.
“We’re delighted to have the continuing support of our partners for this award-winning service. We conduct an annual survey of AD122 passengers to help us improve the service and we know how much local people and visitors appreciate it.
“Locals use it to get to work and to link to trains, visitors say they would not have been able to see Hadrian’s Wall without it and that the drivers are friendly and helpful, and many people wish it could run all year round.”
AD122 runs from Newcastle Central Station and Carlisle with connecting services to Bowness-on-Solway, shuttling between the main Roman sites in the central section of Hadrian’s Wall more frequently during the day.
A full range of offers and promotions are available through the Hadrian’s Wall Heritage website.
Rover tickets purchased also come with a copy of the Rover Scenic Guide which gives details of what can be seen from the bus.
A collection of 18 linear and circular walks that can be done around the AD122 route is also available from the website.
Prices for the one day Rover tickets have been held from last year, and offer unlimited discount travel – adult £9, child £4.50, student £6 and a family (up to two adults and three children up to 16 years old) at £18.
Rover tickets can also be bought from the AD122 driver, at Hadrian’s Wall Country Tourist Information Centres, and on Go North East’s Tynedale Links and Ten services between Hexham and Newcastle.
Additional services which accept Rover tickets include those to Kielder and Bellingham.
Single fare tickets and three and seven day value permits are available too.
The low floor AD122 can take wheelchairs and bicycles. Cycle bookings should be made in advance through the Hadrian’s Wall Information Line the day before travel by 3pm.
To get a bus timetable and advance tickets, where to stay guide and Hadrian’s Wall Trail Map visit www.hadrians-wall.org or call the Hadrian’s Wall Information Line on 01434 322002.
The AD122 service is operated by Alba Travel and Classic Coaches.