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Arriva North East: Latest News & Discussion - July 2017
(28/07/2017, 17:20)BusLoverMum Wrote: Aye, the Shotton - Peterlee leg of the 22 and 24 get pretty busy, at times and the 22 fills with St Leonards students at a particular point in the afternoon. There's also long stretches of tumbleweed at points, too. I'm not sure the particular peaks and troughs warrant having a large double decker running the full length of the routes at all times of day.

What would the alternative be though? Having a fleet of deckers sitting in the depot all day, only to come out for 3 hours during the morning/evening peaks?
(28/07/2017, 17:58)mb134 Wrote: What would the alternative be though? Having a fleet of deckers sitting in the depot all day, only to come out for 3 hours during the morning/evening peaks?

Since the timetable change the extra timing through Low Fell and Birtley seems to be a little too much. The new 6.32 and the earlier 7.02 both wait at Low Fell Cannon for quite a while and then again at Gateshead.  Even during peak there's still too much time built in on that section.
Wistfully stuck in the 90s
(28/07/2017, 17:58)mb134 Wrote: What would the alternative be though? Having a fleet of deckers sitting in the depot all day, only to come out for 3 hours during the morning/evening peaks?

GNE could probably clean up if they extended to 201 to shotton, tbh.
(28/07/2017, 21:19)BusLoverMum Wrote: GNE could probably clean up if they extended to 201 to shotton, tbh.

I'm struggling to understand the issue with double deckers on the route as it is? The route is clearly profitable enough with them operating it. 

The X18 runs with double deckers in Northumberland, on far more challenging roads, and gets by just fine for the vast majority of the time - and when there is an issue, it isn't something a single decker would be able to deal with any better.
(28/07/2017, 21:30)mb134 Wrote: I'm struggling to understand the issue with double deckers on the route as it is? The route is clearly profitable enough with them operating it. 

The X18 runs with double deckers in Northumberland, on far more challenging roads, and gets by just fine for the vast majority of the time - and when there is an issue, it isn't something a single decker would be able to deal with any better.

I`m also a little confused at this as well

If the the roads are narrow,then surely a 10.8m (or around that) E400 would be an easier fit than a 12m Pulsar or Streetlite,as long as theres no trees to damage the top deck. Are E400s any wider than the Pulsars/Streetlites?
7810 has now been MAX branded. Interestingly, it is not branded for the 308 like the rest of the B5LH. Instead there is the tagline "Explore the North East with MAX" and there is an image showing a map with a number of places listed. Unfortunately I only saw it briefly as I was on another bus but from what I saw it looks good compared to the rest of them.
4723 (Golf Club) and 4725 (Guisborough) were operating the Park & Ride services for the Saltburn Food Festival today.
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Apologies for the delay in the updated list of the new E400MMCs.

7541 - YX17 NNO - Sapphire X21|X22
7542 - YX17 NNT - Sapphire X21|X22
7543 - YX17 NNP - Sapphire X21|X22
7544 - YX17 NNR - Sapphire X21|X22
7545 - YX17 NNU - Sapphire X21|X22
7546 - YX17 NNV - Sapphire X21|X22
7547 - YX17 NNW - Sapphire X21|X22
7548 - YX17 NNY - Sapphire X21|X22
7549 - YX17 NNZ - Sapphire X21|X22
7550 - YX17 NOF - Sapphire X21|X22
7551 - YX17 NOH - Sapphire X21|X22
7552 - YX17 NOU - Sapphire/Arriva connecting Newcastle
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(30/07/2017, 19:11)tyresmoke Wrote: 4723 (Golf Club) and 4725 (Guisborough) were operating the Park & Ride services for the Saltburn Food Festival today.

4724 was also there. The Golf Club shorts and Guisborough longs interworked.
(30/07/2017, 19:11)tyresmoke Wrote: 4723 (Golf Club) and 4725 (Guisborough) were operating the Park & Ride services for the Saltburn Food Festival today.

And 4724 according to Wayne.
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