There are several options available for those living in the town of Killingworth in Tyne and Wear if you do not own a car and need to get out and about using public transport. The town has an excellent infrastructure in this respect with linking bus and train services providing connection between nearby cities as well as the surrounding areas. It is also within easy access of Tyne and Wear Metro network with a public bus service operating regularly from the town to the nearest metro station close by in Palmersville. The Metro, as it is most known, was a rapid transport system introduced in 1980 to the North East England with the purpose of providing connecting services for Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland. It was the first British railway to use the metric system and is deemed to be the UK’s first modern light rail system to but it is actually a mix of different railway techniques that include heavy underground, long-distance, high speed suburban and interurban systems. Between 40 and 50 million people are believed to use the Metro every year and it is the second largest of the three systems of this kind in the country, smaller than the London Underground but larger than the Glasgow Subway.
Killingworth has developed a considerable commercial centre over the past five decades since it was established in the late 1960’s and much of its workforce comes into the town from nearby areas while some local residents still commute to the likes of Newcastle or Gateshead and the Colbert or Doxford Business Parks, for work. Arriva North East are the bus company operating passenger services throughout the area with some routes running buses every 10 or 15 minutes daily and there are also express services available at peak travel times direct to Newcastle. Their policies aim to provide local communities with a strong, sustainable network of bus services at their disposal and they are regularly implementing changes to improve connections across the region.
For those who are looking to travel further afield for business or personal reasons, then there are 2 railway networks that run throughout Northumberland too. These include the East Coast Main Line which comes from London in the south passing through Newcastle then heading further north to Berwick-upon-Tweed before finishing up in Edinburgh across the Scottish border. The Cross Country network operates south to Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham as well as further beyond to destinations in the south west of the country. It also runs north to Edinburgh and further with some trains stopping at various destinations within Northumberland including Berwick, Alnmouth and Morpeth but more frequently at Newcastle upon Tyne. Northern Rail also provides a local service between Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle and Metrocentre and a commuter train also runs to Newcastle and back from Chathill, Alnmouth, Acklington, Widdrington and Pegswood. If you are travelling from Killingworth to an international destination, then there are two airports serving the area as it is ideally situated between both. These are Newcastle International airport which is located north of the town and the smaller Durham Tees Valley Airport that is situated to the south.