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June 2020 Go North East
With most scholars services in Tyne & Wear returning to operation from Monday 15 June, re-allocations have taken place to accommodate the operation of all of these services. Services 13 and 25 at Chester-le-Street will now be operated by single-deck vehicles to assist in the release of double-deck vehicles for scholars. As such, this vehicle has been reinstated at Chester-le-Street Depot.
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Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.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
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is falling customer demand and available resources. Therefore, to combat this during these unprecedented times, Go North East has reduced its service levels from Monday 23 March to run enhanced Sunday timetables rather than the full normal weekday output (Sunday service levels, plus some extra morning journeys for key workers, and a small number of contracted school/works services). As such - due to the lower number of vehicles being required at the moment - a number of transfers have taken place to ensure services are operated by the most fuel-efficient, economic and reliable buses. One such transfer is of this vehicle from Chester-le-Street Depot to Percy Main, in order to operate "Coaster" services 1/1A, allowing the Volvo B5 Hybrid vehicles to be temporarily withdrawn from service owing to their unique nature and high maintenance costs (which are all outsourced to Volvo Bus & Coach).
May 2019 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
In line with service changes and the introduction of new brand identities, there were a large number of vehicle re-allocations which took place on Sunday 19 May, the significance of which have been likened to the South Shields and Bishop Auckland depot closures in 2005 and 2006 respectively. This vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Chester-le-Street, where it should see primary allocation to services 13/14/25/X22.
April 2019 Go North East Photograph by neilharrison
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. Although this vehicle isn't branded as "Toon Link", it will form part of the PVR of services 6 and X31.
January 2018 Go North East
The entry into service of the Volvo B5LH/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 vehicles at Percy Main on "Coaster" services 1/1A will allow the Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity vehicles currently allocated to these routes to be displaced elsewhere. The majority are planned to be cascaded to "Blue Arrow" service 11, providing an upgraded allocation on this route and allowing the withdrawal of the branded Scania L94UB/Wright Solar allocation, while the others are being distributed among Percy Main, Stanley and Washington, for various purposes. This is one of the Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity vehicles which has been released for cascade to Stanley - it will replace Dennis Trident/Plaxton President 3889 (NK51 UCS) in the fleet at Stanley, which had previously been retained to cover for Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5248 (NK56 KHU) which had to be withdrawn having sustained fire damage.
December 2017 Go North East Photograph by Steven Hodgson, John Soutar and Mark McCann
Ahead of the cascade of the former "Angel" branded Volvo B5LH/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 vehicles to Percy Main; where they will be branded for and operate the "Coaster" 1/1A services, this vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's corporate livery. This example carries the tagline "Never miss your stop | Many of our buses have next stop screens and announcements"
December 2015 Go North East
As part of a project to upgrade "Coaster" service 1 (Wrekenton - Gateshead - Whitley Bay), this vehicle has been fitted with free customer Wi-Fi. This follows a recent deep clean on all of the "Coaster" branded vehicles at Thornton Brothers, Ashington.
March 2015 Go North East
This vehicle has now lost its rear advertisement for the Bluereef Aquarium, Tynemouth.
February 2014 Go North East Photograph by Stealth: 5307, 5332
This vehicle has gained a rear advertisement to promote the Bluereef Aquarium, Tynemouth.
September 2013 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
Coinciding with service changes effective 1st September 2013, this vehicle has received "Coaster" branding, with sub-branding for service 1 (Wrekenton - Whitley Bay).
September 2013 Go North East Photograph by LVNWtransFoto
Following recent service changes which saw "Coaster" service 1 extend to Wrekenton via Low Fell and Harlow Green, replacing service 24 and providing customers on this route with a direct service to Newcastle, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain blue base livery. It is expected that the "Coaster" brand will be revised in line with the service changes, and the new brand design will focus on the coastal section of the route (Whitley Bay - North Shields).
November 2010 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
Following the entry into service of Mercedes Citaro vehicles at Percy Main on "Cobalt Clipper" services 309/310, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain cream base livery, for allocation to "Coaster" service 1 (receiving appropriate branding at a later date).
February 2008 Go North East Photograph by Carlisle Bus Group
This vehicle has been repainted into a silver and blue base livery at Thornton Brothers, Ashington, and has also received "Cobalt Clipper" branding, with sub-branding for services 309/310.
September 2007 Go North East Photograph by Carlisle Bus Group
This vehicle has transferred from Stanley Depot to Percy Main, and presently retains the company's corporate livery.
February 2007 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
This vehicle, which carries Go North East's corporate livery, has entered service at Stanley Depot. When the vehicle is not required to cover for a branded vehicle on the "Red Kite" or "West Durham Swift" services, it should form the allocation of service 15 (Durham - Consett).
February 2007 Go North East
Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has gained corporate livery logos. It is expected to act as a spare vehicle at Stanley Depot.
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a red base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It features high backed 'Civic V3' seating, and is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Once prepared for service, it is expected that this vehicle will transfer to Stanley Depot.
August 2012 Go North East
Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has received "Tyne Tees Xpress" branding, for services X9/X10 (Newcastle - Middlesbrough)
August 2013 Go North East
After 11 months of the experimental OK1 service operating; Go North East extended the service from Darlington to Middlesbrough, providing a direct bus link from the Wear Valley area, and to attract new users. The service was revised to terminate at Bishop Auckland northbound, as this corridor faced the biggest competition with Arriva North East, and just four journeys per day started/terminated at... see more
August 2012 Go North East
Following repaint, this vehicle has transferred from Gateshead Depot to Washington. The vehicle will act as a spare for the "Red Arrows" X1 service.
August 2016 Go North East
Following recent service changes which saw the PVR of the "indiGo North Tyne" services rise by three vehicles, this vehicle has received "indiGo North Tyne" branding. It lacks the Wi-Fi and Next Stop Announcement feature 'blobs' as featured on the new Optare Solo SR M925/Optare vehicles which entered service earlier this year, as it does not yet have either of these... see more