Go North East Fleet Go North East's 695
January 2018 Go North East
Due to the high requirement for minibuses in the fleet as a result of the award of Durham County Council contracts, service 18 is being upgraded from a minibus allocation to midibus. As such; this vehicle has been released for cascade from Crook Depot to Chester-le-Street, where it will primarily be allocated to "Lambton Worm" services 34/34A, or, in the event of one of Chester-le-Street's three Optare Solo M710SE/Optare vehicles being unfit for service, will be allocated to the newly-awarded Chester-le-Street Town Bus Durham County Council contract.
May 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has received the tagline "Recharge your batteries | Many of our buses have power sockets on board"
February 2017 Go North East
Following temporary transfer to Chester-le-Street, this vehicle has returned to service at Crook Depot.
February 2017 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
http://www.flickr.com/photos/83823112@N03/32278981414/
Transbus MPD/Transbus Mini Pointer 549 (NK53 TKD), which originally transferred to Chester-le-Street to operate a shuttle service due to a road closure in Belmont affecting "Prince Bishops" services 20/20A/X20 and "indiGo" services 204, 208 and 265, is unfit for service and as such this vehicle has transferred from Crook Depot to Chester-le-Street on temporary loan to operate the shuttle service instead.
November 2016 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29817752@N08/30683214662/
This vehicle has entered service at Crook Depot, where it will be allocated to service 18, replacing Transbus MPD/Transbus Mini Pointer 571 (NK53 TMV) and 572 (NK53 TMX).
October 2016 Go North East Photograph by Matthew Jimmison
http://www.flickr.com/photos/127079988@N02/30597518912/
This vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's new corporate livery. The new livery design is a a lot more eye-catching and features a two-tone base livery, with the traditional key colour of red towards the front of the bus, and non-metallic dark blue towards the back. It is thought that further vinyls will be added at a later date, in order to reflect the quality and customer values of Go North East.
October 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
http://www.flickr.com/photos/83823112@N03/30234538771/
Since the withdrawal of Oxfordshire County Council subsidies on 20th July 2016, Thames Travel has been operating the Bicester Town bus services 22 and 23 on a commercial basis. These services run at a loss of approximately £4,500 per week and therefore this decision was a temporary arrangement, while Thames Travel continued discussions with several local stakeholders to pool existing finances and resources to safeguard the longer term future of the services. The company’s proposal included extended operating hours to better meet the needs of commuters using rail services, offering improved daily links to the new Park & Ride site and providing a frequent service between the town centre, two rail stations and Bicester Village. Unfortunately, while some stakeholders were supportive of the company’s proposals and were prepared to provide some funding for the services, others chose to pursue their own commercial interests and therefore services 22 and 23 were withdrawn from the end of service on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The Optare Solos allocated to these services are now hence surplus to requirements at Thames Travel, and have hence been acquired by Go North East, to allow for the withdrawal of further Transbus Mini Pointer Darts from the fleet. This vehicle was new to, and previously with, Thames Travel in June 2013 as fleet number 720.
May 2015 Go North East
Following a number of publicity events to promote the investment into new vehicles for services 8 and 78, this vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot on "Coast & Country" services 8/78.
May 2015 Go North East
Following a number of publicity events to promote the investment into new vehicles for services 8 and 78, this vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot on "Coast & Country" services 8/78.
May 2015 Go North East
Following a number of publicity events to promote the investment into new vehicles for services 8 and 78, this vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot on "Coast & Country" services 8/78.
May 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a plain yellow base livery.