Go North East Fleet Go North East's 5298
December 2017 Go North East Photograph by Voyager: 5307, 5332
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Following the return from refurbishment of the entire batch of vehicles intended to be allocated to the X84/X85 services, Mercedes Citaro 0530N/Mercedes Citaro 5298 to 5302, this vehicle has now received "Tynedale Express" branding. Adopting a similar design to the recent X9 | X10 brand re-launch, albeit primarily blue in colour to provide the biggest contrast against the orange base colour allowing a bigger impact, the livery intends to promote the fast and direct links between Newcastle and Hexham. The rear design focuses on the express nature of the route; depicting a graphic of a road (reflecting the A69), which is the fastest route between the two locations.
November 2017 Go North East
Presently unbranded; this vehicle has returned to service at Hexham Depot, where it will see allocation to "Tynedalexpress" services X84/X85. As part of the upgrade, the branding design is intended to be changed compared to the current "Tynedalexpress" branded Scania L94UB/Wright Solar vehicles.
November 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has returned to Go North East following internal refurbishment and repaint into a plain orange base livery. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot prior to allocation to Hexham Depot. As part of ongoing improvements to services in Hexham, "Tynedalexpress" services X84/X85 will receive an upgraded Mercedes Citaro allocation, with the existing Scania L94UB/Wright Solar vehicles allocated to Hexham cascading to another route.
October 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service at Deptford Depot and released for internal refurbished and repaint at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn. The extensive refurbishment work includes, but is not limited to, external repaint; deep cleaning of the interior of the vehicle; renewal of floor coverings; cleaning all seat frames and re-trimming seats into leather with USB sockets on the back of every seat; fitting blue accent lighting underneath seats to provide extra light on the gangway; and fitting Next Stop Announcements.
September 2017 Go North East
Prior to being released for internally refurbished and repaint at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn, this vehicle has been fitted with free customer Wi-Fi.
September 2017 Go North East
Representing an investment of approximately £1.2 million, this vehicle has undergone exhaust modifications which give better exhaust emissions with a reduction of more than 90% NOx at the tailpipe. Before the remaining Mercedes Citaros in the fleet undergo the same modifications; this vehicle has returned to service at Deptford Depot, enabling the company to gather data from the vehicle before proceeding with the remaining installs.
June 2017 Go North East
In line with the entry into service of new Wright Streetlites on "Black Cats" service 39, the Wright Solar bodied Scania L94s previously allocated to this service have cascaded to service 61. This service has recently seen a temporary allocation of "See it, Do it, Sunderland" branded Mercedes Citaros, following the transfer of the operation of this service to Chester-le-Street, but are now gradually being replaced by the branded Scania L94s. This vehicle has now been temporarily withdrawn from service at Deptford Depot, where it will undergo exhaust and cooling system modifications, prior to being released for internal refurbishment and repaint at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn.
September 2015 Go North East
This vehicle has been branded as "See it, Do it, Sunderland", with sub-branding for services 35 and 36. The brand promotes links to Sunderland from locations further afield such as Low Moorsley, Chester-le-Street, Houghton-le-Spring and Boldon, using Sunderland City Council's well-known marketing campaign which advertises the things to see and do in Sunderland.
June 2015 Go North East
Ahead of branding being introduced to the 35/36 services (Boldon ASDA/Town End Farm - Low Moorsley/Chester-le-Street), this vehicle has received a fresh coat of gold paint.
February 2015 Go North East
Following service revisions in Sunderland last month which saw a number of changes to service and consequent re-allocations this vehicle has lost its "laser" branding. It will remain allocated to Deptford Depot, but will instead see use on the revised 35/36 services (Boldon ASDA/Town End Farm - Low Moorsley/Chester-le-Street), under a new brand identity.
December 2011 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a plain gold base livery under warranty, later gaining a revised version of the "laser" branding for service 35.
May 2008 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot on "Laser" service 35.
April 2008 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a gold base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. This batch of vehicles is expected to be allocated to Deptford Depot, seeing use on "Laser" service 35.
February 2007 Go North East
To replace the temporary branding for services 40, 43, 43A, 43B and 44 (vehicles wearing standard fleet livery with Stanley Shuttle vinyls applied), Go North East is to introduce new "The Diamond" branding in line with the simplification of the services which operate between Durham and Newcastle, via Stanley. This vehicle has now received The Diamond" branding, with sub-branding for... see more
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Fab Fifty Seven" branding, for services 57/57A (Newcastle - Gateshead - QE Hospital - Fewster Square - Heworth - Fellgate - South Shields).
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a plain lilac base livery, and has also received "Cross Tyne" branding for services 9 (Sunderland - Wallsend) and 9A (Sunderland - North Shields).
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a purple cream base livery, and has also received "The Drifter" branding, for services 60 (Sunderland - Seaham - Parkside) and 61 (Sunderland - Murton).