Omibus Society

Northern (NE England)

Nigel Eggleton
Branch Chairman

Northern (NE England) Region

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Chairman - Nigel Eggleton, 3 Anson Road, Newton, Nottingham NG13 8ZJ

Vice Chairman - Andrew Tyldsley, 25 Abington, Ouston, Chester-le-Street DH2 1RD

Secretary - Dave Sturrock, 8 Whiteley Grove, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4NH

News Correspondent - David Mallon, 112 Stooperdale Avenue, DARLINGTON DL3 0UD

Welcome to the Northern Branch (North East England)

If you are interested in buses in the North East of England, we can help. We produce a monthly Branch News-sheet. We arrange at least six meetings most months between October and April.

The Northern Branch News-sheet

With the help of members, our News Correspondent David Mallon produces a monthly News-sheet reporting route changes and developments, meeting reports and occasional small articles of historical or present-day items of local interest. As of November 2023 we are at issue 598 of the News-sheet. A much condensed version of the News-sheet appears bi-monthly in the Omnibus Magazine via our nationwide correspondent, David Wallace.

Sample News-sheet

To view a recent example of one of our regular Branch news-sheets, please click here.


Regular Branch meetings are held between October and April across the region at venues in Newcastle, Durham and Stockton-on-Tees. All the meeting venues have good transport links and the split across the region minimises both cost and travelling time for the Branch membership. Numbers of members attending meetings has steadily increased over the past twelve years with at least half the Branch members attending a meeting during the winter, these numbers reflecting the high standard of presentations being given. Meetings cover a wide variety of topics with our guest speakers often travelling considerable distances to give their presentations. We are the only North East transport group to hold regular meetings with high profile guests invited to give presentations on subjects of their choice; the presentations generally being in a PowerPoint or slideshow format.

Meetings are mainly advertised in the Branch News-sheets, the Omnibus Magazine and the website giving at least six months notice to allow all participants to organise their diaries to attend the event. Additionally, meetings are advertised with other North East transport groups in both their publications and websites.

Committee members
Nigel Eggleton (Branch Chairman)
Andrew Tyldsley (Vice Chairman, Distribution Officer and Website Administrator)
Dave Sturrock (Branch Secretary)
Keith Wilson (Treasurer)
Peter Cardno (committee member)
Simon Cowley (committee member)
Mark Westgarth (committee member)
David Sharp (committee member)


Historically we have participated in occasional joint meetings and tours with adjacent Branches. In 2021 the Branch hosted the Omnibus Society Presidential Weekend over four days with evening presentations and visits to both major and independent operators in the North East area.

The area the Northern Branch covers

The Northern Branch covers a geographical area including Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear, Teesside and parts of North Yorkshire.

Historically the Branch was formed in the 1950’s originally known as the North East Coast Branch. From this early start the Branch has expanded to cover its current geographical area. We are the smallest Branch of the Omnibus Society in both membership and area covered, however our membership does include a number of high-profile personnel currently working in bus industry. Our membership includes past Presidents of the Omnibus Society and a number of authors who have published a wide range of books and articles on transport themes. As a group we are interested in the historical to present day aspects of public transport covering routes, vehicles, operators, tickets and photographs etc.

The Branch welcomes visitors to come along, meet members, branch committee and experience a couple of meetings prior to joining the Society and taking advantage of its facilities both locally and nationally.

Our Officers

Nigel Eggleton

Nigel Eggleton
Branch Chairman

Nigel was appointed Managing Director for the First Midlands bus operation four years ago, and since then has made a significant impact in delivering a prosperous and sustainable network of operations in Leicester, Worcestershire and the Potteries areas.

He has spent his working life in the bus industry gaining a wealth of experience, previously holding senior positions at Transdev, Arriva and Go Ahead and in the early part of his career learning the ropes at Hunters of Seaton Delaval .

Nigel’s recent appointment as Council Member of Stoke on Trent’s Chamber of Commerce and regular meetings across the Midlands with local MPs, Councillors and B2B stakeholders, puts him in high regard in the business world and transport circles.

Commitment, dedication, passion and determination is what drives Nigel into doing everything he can to improve local transport infrastructures, making bus services attractive, affordable, environmentally friendly and the preferred option for travel over other modes of transport.