Go North East Fleet Go North East's 5302
May 2020 Go North East Photograph by kieron mathews
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. The depots which were temporarily 'mothballed' for the duration of the crisis have now re-opened, except for Saltmeadows Road, which is where most of the National Express coaches are stored. The central works facility remains open as usual. Therefore, this vehicle has now been reinstated at Hexham Depot.
April 2020 Go North East Photograph by Ray Parnaby Bus Stop Photos
Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
December 2017 Go North East Photograph by Peter Barclay
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.
October 2017 Go North East Photograph by A&LSP8
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.
September 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.
August 2017 Go North East
Having been temporarily withdrawn from service, this vehicle has now been 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.
July 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.
July 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.
January 2012 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.
May 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot, on "Prince Bishops" services 20/20A/X20 (South Shields - Durham).
May 2019 Go North East
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 Percy Main Depot to Deptford, where it will see primary allocation to... see more
May 2017 Go North East
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".
May 2019 Go North East
Ahead of upcoming service changes and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has lost its "indiGo" branding having been repainted into a new four-colour base livery. The livery is mostly gold-based at the front, with a berry colour at the rear. Prior to being repainted the bus was also fitted with USB charging sockets at Thornton Brothers, Ashington.