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Go North East's 5334 - BJ10 VUU Go North East Fleet Archive Go North East's 5334

Vehicle Details

Registration: BJ10 VUU

Chassis: Mercedes Citaro 0530N

Bodywork: Mercedes Citaro

Depot: Go North West

Livery: Sunderland District Violet

Year new: 2010

Vehicle History

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between Sunderland and Lukes Lane only, every 30 minutes, while the section of route between Sunderland and Murton has been replaced by service 61, continuing to operate every 20 minutes. As such, this vehicle has lost its branding for The 9 but retains the lower section of branding showing shopping and leisure activities, which is still relevant. The buses should now be primarily allocated to services 9 and 35.
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 reinstated at Deptford.
April 2020 Go North East Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
January 2018 Go North East Photograph by Snakebite90 From 28th January 2018, Go North East are making changes to a number of services to improve reliability and to allow new travel opportunities. As part of these service changes; the section of the route on service 9 between Jarrow and North Shields will be replaced by service 5, and, from Jarrow, service 9 will now run to Lukes Lane Estate, via Argyle Street, Lyon Street, Hebburn Town Centre, Hartleyburn Estate and Monkton Lane Estate, replacing this section of services 88/88A. As well as this, from Sunderland, the service will be extended to Murton via New Seaham and Dalton Park, replacing service 61, and offering new cross-town connections. In line with these changes; Go North East are introducing a new brand for the service, entitled "The 9", which this vehicle has now received branding for.
November 2017 Go North East This vehicle has returned to service at Deptford Depot.
November 2017 Go North East Prior to returning to service, this vehicle has received Go North East's corporate livery. Unlike other vehicles in Go North East's corporate livery; this vehicle has not been fitted with a tagline or web URL vinyl, nor has it been fitted with advert frames on the side and rear.
November 2017 Go North East This vehicle has returned to Go North East following internal refurbishment and repaint into Go North East's corporate base livery. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot prior to allocation to Deptford Depot.
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.
August 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.
August 2017 Go North East This vehicle has received the tagline "Never miss your stop | Many of our buses have next stop screens and announcements"
February 2017 Go North East Following temporary loan to Peterlee Depot, this vehicle has returned to service at Deptford.
February 2017 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Deptford Depot to Peterlee, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
December 2016 Go North East Photograph by Peter Barclay Ahead of the entry into service of Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 691 (YJ13 HNW) at Peterlee Depot on the new "Wear Xpress" X6/X7 services, this vehicle has transferred from Peterlee Depot to Deptford. At Deptford, this vehicle and the others in its batch which were previously allocated to "Wear Tees Xpress" service X7, will be allocated to service 9 (Sunderland - Jarrow - North Shields), displacing some of the Scania L94UB/Wright Solar vehicles currently allocated to the service.
November 2016 Go North East Photograph by Ahead of upcoming service changes which will see "Wear Tees Xpress" service X7 revised to operate between Sunderland and Peterlee only (with the link between Peterlee and Station Town being retained by a revised "indiGo" 202 service and the link between Station Town and Middlesbrough being withdrawn completely), this vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's new corporate livery. The new livery design is a a lot more eye-catching and features a two-tone base livery, with the traditional key colour of red towards the front of the bus, and non-metallic dark blue towards the back. It is thought that further vinyls will be added at a later date, in order to reflect the quality and customer values of Go North East. The revised X7 service, and the new X6 service (Sunderland - Peterlee - Hartlepool), will be allocated former Thames Travel Optare Solo SR M890/Optare vehicles 691 - 694 and branded as "Wear Xpress".
November 2016 Go North East Originally fitted with Icomera free customer Wi-Fi to allow customers on "Wear Tees Xpress" service X7 to surf the web on the go, this vehicle has now had the free Wi-Fi equipment removed. Upcoming service changes will see the this vehicle repainted and deployed on another service, with the recently acquired former Thames Travel Optare Solo SR M890 vehicles 691 - 694 taking the place of Mercedes Citaros 5333 - 5336 on this corridor, where the free Wi-Fi equipment will instead be allocated to.
September 2015 Go North East This vehicle has been fitted with free customer Wi-Fi.
March 2014 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham This vehicle has received "Wear Tees Xpress" branding, and has returned to service at Peterlee Depot.
February 2014 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham This vehicle has been repainted into a plain maroon base livery.
February 2014 Go North East Following the entry into service of new Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 vehicles at Percy Main on "Cobalt Clipper" services 309/310, this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service whilst being repainted.
November 2010 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42 To simplify the services on the Coast Road corridor, services 75/76 will be withdrawn from 13th November 2010. Between Newcastle and North Shields, the services will be replaced by a brand new 310 service, operating every every 15 minutes and serving Coast Road, High Farm, Battle Hill, Middle Engine Lane, Norham Road, Verne Road and Meadow Well. Combined with the existing "Cobalt Clipper" 309 service, a bus is provided every 7-8 minutes between Newcastle City Centre, the Coast Road, Battle Hill, and Middle Engine Lane. As such, this vehicle has received "Cobalt Clipper" branding, with sub-branding for services 309 (Newcastle - Blyth) and 310 (Newcastle - North Shields).
August 2010 Go North East Photograph by Northern Bus Photos Currently devoid of route branding pending service changes affecting services on the Coast Road corridor; this vehicle has entered service at Percy Main Depot, on "The Centurion" services 75/76.
July 2010 Go North East This vehicle, which carries a plain silver base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet, and is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. It is of 'Gold Standard' specification; featuring full CCTV coverage and recording, information screens, and comfortable seats for all including priority seating with a wheelchair bay for elderly and disabled customers.

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