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October 2020 Go North East
"QuayLink" was conceived as a frequent, high quality bus service, for the newly developed and expanding Quayside area. Despite being located a short distance from the town centres of Newcastle and Gateshead, the area was poorly served by public transport. Now in its fifteenth year, albeit on a revised route compared to when it first launch, service Q3 is to be re-branded from "QuayLink" to "Quaycity", acknowledging the growing focus of the route changing from the Newcastle Quayside, to the City Centre itself, with an expanding hospitality sector in the city. As such, this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service, allowing the repaint of this vehicle at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn, and seat re-trim/USB charging point fitment, at Saltmeadows Road's bodyshop facility.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
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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 Riverside.
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Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.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
In partnership with North Tyneside Council; this vehicle has received exhaust modifications, increasing the Euro standard of this bus from Euro 5 to Euro 6.
August 2016 Go North East Photograph by Snakebite90
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Following service changes last month, this vehicle has received the green variation of Go North East's "Quaylink" branding for service Q3.
July 2016 Go North East Photograph by Cobalt271
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Having previously carried "Citylink" branding, this vehicle has been repainted into a yellow base livery. There are a number of changes to Go North East's services in the Gateshead and surrounding areas, from 24th July 2016. "Citylink" service 58 will be revised to operate every 12 minutes between Heworth and Newcastle only. The Optare Versas surplus to requirements as a result of the PVR reduction will be deployed on the revised "Quaylink" Q3 service, which, following requests from stakeholders and passengers, will be extended from St Peter's Basin to Wallsend via Walker, offering a number of new travel opportunities.
February 2014 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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Following the closure of Gateshead and Winlaton depots, this vehicle has been transferred to the brand new Riverside Depot. Riverside Depot replaces the existing depots at Sunderland Road in Gateshead and Winlaton which date back to the days of the tramways.
November 2013 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has entered service at Gateshead Depot, on "Citylink" service 58, replacing the older articulated Mercedes Citaro vehicles previously allocated to the service. This bus also features free passenger Wi-Fi and Next Stop Announcements.
November 2013 Go North East
Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has received "Citylink" branding, with sub-branding for service 58 (Heworth - Newcastle - Hadrian Park).
November 2013 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries an orange base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. It will be transferred to Gateshead in due course to be launched on service 58.
November 2008 Go North East
This vehicle has gained a promotional livery entitled "txt2go". The campaign advertises Go North East being the first operator in the country to allow customers to order and receive their bus tickets by mobile phone.
November 2009 Go North East
This vehicle has gained "Angel" branding and has entered service at Chester-le-Street Depot.
November 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Stanley, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
November 2010 Go North East
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).