Go North East Fleet Go North East's 9089
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
This vehicle has now entered service at Washington Depot on the recently awarded 23 service contract, operating between Washington Galleries and Barley Mow Estate, via Birtley. Although the vehicle was supplied to Go North East pending delivery of the new Euro 6 Optare Solo SRs for Chester-le-Street Depot; at 9.25m in length, this vehicle is too long to be allocated to the Cathedral Bus services, which is why it has instead been allocated to Washington to operate the new Nexus contract for service 23 in the Birtley area, which also runs onto peak-time Team Valley workers' services 90 and 933. Recently acquired Solos 718 (YJ62 FMA) and 723 (YD63 UZC) had temporarily been allocated to Washington from Sunday 22nd July 2018 for this purpose originally, though the additional work has also put a strain on spare minibuses at Washington, so this allocation temporarily releases 718 (YJ62 FMA) to be a spare minibus for Washington.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
This vehicle has received Go North East fleet names and has been prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. It has now been allocated to Washington Depot where it will undergo further preparation for service.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
Last October, changes were made to Durham County Council contracts. This saw the operation of the Durham Cathedral Bus 40/40A/40B services, previously operated by Stanley Travel, pass to Go North East to operate for the next four years, with the possibility of a year-long extension depending on contract performance. Further changes were made to Durham County Council contracts in January 2018, which also saw Go North East be awarded the Chester-le-Street Town Service contract, numbered 700/701/702/703, also encompassing scholars service 876, which had previously been operated by independent firm Scarlet Band. Temporarily, three out of the four Optare Solo M710SE vehicles acquired from Plymouth Citybus in February 2017 were allocated to Stanley Depot (and latterly Chester-le-Street) to operate these services, pending delivery of three brand new Euro 6 examples from Optare. The production of these minibuses has been delayed at Optare, so they have provided this former demonstrator bus to Go North East as a courtesy vehicle, pending delivery of the new minibuses. It has been allocated fleet number 9089 for the duration of its stay in the fleet.
August 2015 Go North East
Armed with a pair of scissors and dressed in his very own bus driver uniform; 11-year-old schoolboy Peter Witham landed his dream job thanks to a heart-felt letter to Go North East's Managing Director, and cut the ribbon at a publicity launch at Crimdon Dene to declare the 14 brand new indiGo buses officially open for business. Following the publicity launch, this vehicle entered service at... see more
August 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Tyne Valley Ten" branding.
August 2012 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Gateshead Depot.
August 2016 Go North East
Ahead of the commencement of the new contract for "Sunderland Connect" service 700, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain green base livery. The three "Sunderland Connect" branded vehicles gained a promotional wrap-style advertisement to celebrate Christmas in Sunderland during the festive season in 2014. The removal of the wrap-style advertisement in January 2015... see more