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June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Additional hot spares are being deployed in Gateshead this week in case of any increase in demand associated with the opening of non-essential shops. As such, this vehicle has been reinstated at Riverside.
June 2020 Go North East From Monday 1 June 2020, in line with guidance from the government, Go North East's bus services will start returning to what can be considered a 'normal' level of service on weekdays (albeit still reduced on weekends), also with some minor changes which had originally been planned to take place from 17 May 2020. As such, this vehicle has now been re-licensed, but remains out of service.
April 2020 Go North East Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
March 2020 Go North East The inward transfer of a number of Optare Solos to Riverside from Percy Main in order to convert midibus services to minibus operation has led to this vehicle being moved into a float/reserve capacity. To be used initially as repaint float vehicles, this vehicle will, longer-term, transfer to Percy Main Depot to assist with the operation of additional seasonal work.
April 2019 Go North East Photograph by In line with the operation of "Toon Link" services 6 and X31 transferring from Stanley Depot to Riverside, this vehicle has also transferred to Riverside.
September 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Washington Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Stanley.
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Stanley Depot to Washington, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
October 2017 Go North East In order to improve the customer experience on "Toon Link" services 6, X30/X31 and X70/X71, which all provide links between Newcastle, Stanley and Consett, this vehicle has been fitted with free customer Wi-Fi.
May 2017 Go North East Photograph by Having previously carried sub-branding for services X30/X31 (Stanley - Newcastle); this vehicle has had these vinyls stripped and new vinyls added, sporting the taglines "For city centre shops and leisure" and "Frequent buses to Newcastle".
October 2015 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Stanley, where it will see allocation to the revised "Toon Link" X30/X31 services.
October 2015 Go North East Upcoming service changes will see services X30/X31 and new peak-time service X32 introduced to the "Toon Link" brand, and service 11 removed from the existing "Toon Link" brand. As such, this vehicle has received sub-branding for services X30/X31 (Newcastle - Stanley), ahead of its upcoming transfer to Stanley Depot.
October 2015 Go North East Photograph by Ahead of upcoming service changes, this vehicle has lost its sub-branding for "Toon Link" services 11 and 31/32.
June 2015 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has returned to service at Riverside Depot.
June 2015 Go North East This vehicle has received sub-branding for "Toon Link" services 11 and 31/32.
May 2015 Go North East Following the entry into service of brand new Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid vehicles on the "Red Kite" 45/46 services at Stanley Depot, this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Saltmeadows Road Depot.
April 2015 Go North East Photograph by Go North East has ordered ten Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid vehicles for the "Red Kite" 45/46 services. Prior to the new vehicles entering service and the consequent cascade of this vehicle, it has been repainted into a plain black base livery.
July 2012 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has received revised "Red Kite" branding, with sub-branding for services 45/46 (Newcastle - Consett).
June 2012 Go North East Photograph by Ahead of the "Red Kite" brand being re-launched, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain red base livery.
February 2007 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot.
February 2007 Go North East Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has gained "Red Kite" branding.
February 2007 Go North East This vehicle, which carries a red base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Once prepared for service, it is expected that the vehicle will transfer to Stanley Depot.

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June 2017 Go North East This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot on "Black Cats" services 2/2A (Silksworth - Washington) and 39 (Doxford Park - Pennywell). The Optare Versas currently allocated to services 2/2A are in line to be... see more
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June 2020 Go North East Service changes from Monday 1 June 2020 resulted in service 9 being split at Sunderland into two separate routes, as it operated initially prior to January 2018. Service 9 now operates between Sunderland and Lukes Lane only, every... see more
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June 2018 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Deptford Depot to Peterlee, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
June 2019 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Chester-le-Street, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
June 2020 Go North East From Monday 1 June 2020, in line with guidance from the government, Go North East's bus services will start returning to what can be considered a 'normal' level of service on weekdays (albeit still reduced on... see more