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Worswick Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Residents of Pre-1981 Washington used this Bus Station scores, if not hundreds of times.
[ Few family cars; no Metro to Heworth! ]

Worswick Street 1950s
THEN
Some of the bus lanes were even steeper than Worswick Street and large wooden wedges, called scotches,
had to be placed behind each bus's front wheels to prevent them rolling backwards.

[ Sometime in the 1950s ]

 

Now Picture
NOW
Worswick Street Bus Station

[ Early 2018 ]

Worswick Street Bus Entrance
THEN
Looking up Worswick Street towards Pilgrim Street.

[ Bus Entrance: bottom-left. ]

 

Worswick Street Queues
THEN
Typical Worswick Street Queues in the 1950s

Imagine what it was like on Saturday afternoons when fully-laden shoppers and thousands of Newcastle United fans were all heading home.

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A Non-Smoker's Personal Recollection
The queues weren't the worst of it.  I remember jam-packed buses, passengers with clothes & hair stinking of cigarettes, and The Smoke - a Blue, Carcinogenic Haze.
Knowing it had been inside other people's ravaged lungs didn't help.  No wonder I felt sick and often had to leave the bus before my destination.
Absolutely Disgusting!

On The Buses!

No.25 on Well Bank
No. 25 Double Decker heading up Well Bank en route from Brady Square to Newcastle, Worswick Street.

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Some 'Old' New Washington Bus Routes

22, 25, 39, 62, 64, 80, 85 & 94

39 Bus on Tyne Bridge
No. 39 - Worswick Street to Murton

39 Bus
No. 39 - Worswick Street to Easington Lane

 

No. 39 Bus travelling to Worswick Street, its destination board ready for the return journey to Murton via New Washington (Concord).
Note: St. Mary's Church (left) is in Gateshead.

No. 39
WORSWICK STREET to EASINGTON LANE, MURTON or THORNLEY
via Gateshead, Felling, Heworth, Black Bull (Wardley), Flat Tops, Heworth Road, New Washington Bus Station,
Spout Lane, The Village, Fatfield Bridge, Penshaw, Shiney Row & Houghton.

 

25 Bus
No. 25 - Worswick Street to Brady Square
[ Routemaster, left - in service via Washington from 1969. ]

85 Bus
No. 85 - Worswick Street to Brady Square
[ 3rd bus down ]

 

No. 22
WORSWICK STREET to SUNDERLAND PARK LANE
via Gateshead, Felling, Heworth, Black Bull (Wardley), Flat Tops, Heworth Road, New Washington Bus Station,
Front Street, Stile Inn, Usworth Station, Three Horse Shoes / Usworth Aerodrome, Hylton Castle, Southwick & Wheatsheaf.

No. 25
WORSWICK STREET to BRADY SQUARE
via Gateshead, Wrekenton, Springwell, High Usworth, Wellbank Road, 'The Drive or Blue House Lane' (alternating), New Washington Bus Station,
Spout Lane & The Village.

No. 64
WORSWICK STREET to SUNDERLAND PARK LANE
via Gateshead, Wrekenton, Springwell, High Usworth, Wellbank Road, Blue House Lane, New Washington Bus Station,
Front Street, Stile Inn, Usworth Station, Three Horse Shoes / Usworth Aerodrome, Hylton Castle, Southwick & Wheatsheaf.

No. 85
WORSWICK STREET to BRADY SQUARE
via Gateshead, Felling, Heworth, Leam Lane Estate (leaving at Black Bull), Flat Tops, Heworth Road, New Washington Bus Station,
Spout Lane & The Village.

 

80 Bus
No. 80 - Brady Square to Chester-le-Street
[ Rare picture at Brady Square. The No. 80 Bus was almost always a double decker. ]

94 Bus
No. 94 - Brady Square to Chester-le-Street
[ Changing the destination board at Chester-le-Street Red Lion - 1951. ]

 

No. 62
ESH WINNING to SOUTH SHIELDS
via
{ Help! I can't remember the route from Esh Winning to } New Washington Bus Station, Front Street, Stile Inn, Usworth Station,
Three Horse Shoes / Usworth Aerodrome, Boldon Colliery
{ Remember the U-turn just past the colliery gates? } & Whiteleas.

No. 80
BRADY SQUARE to CHESTER-LE-CHESTER
via The Village, Spout Lane, New Washington Bus Station, Blue House Lane, Havannah Terrace, Blackfell Army Camp, Mill House Inn & Birtley.

[ A little known fact: at Chester-le-Street, the 80 kept its number but changed its destination board before continuing to West Rainton. ]

No. 94
BRADY SQUARE to CHESTER-LE-CHESTER
via The Village, Spout Lane, New Washington Bus Station, Blue House Lane, Havannah Terrace, Blackfell Army Camp, Eighton Banks, Wrekenton,
Long Bank & Birtley.

 

No.64
No. 64 Double Decker - Sunderland Park Lane to Newcastle Worswick Street, via New Washington Bus Station.

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Local Miner, Edward Nesbitt wrote a poem called Buses Through Washington. To read it, and others,  Click Me.

To read about Washington's most famous bus, The Loo-y,  Click Me.