Transformation set for Tyne and Wear
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• Reorganisation of bus services in Newcastle is to transform Tyne and Wear Omnibus Company.
The firm, which was bought by Busways last November, (CM 30 November-6 December 1989) will retain its marketing identity — but only five of its 84 buses will remain.
As announced last year, most of the 187 TWOC staff will be made redundant and the company's garage at Gateshead will close.
However, 40 minibuses will join the fleet, repainted in TWOC colours, to operate on a mixture of old and new routes from the existing Newcastle garages.
The first stage of the TWOC transformation has already taken place at Sunderland, where 25 minis have appeared on six new services under the Tyne and Wear banner. The five remaining Bristol singledeckers are operating on a revised express service between Sunderland and South Shields.
Some TWOC staff have filled Busways' vacancies.