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June 2020 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
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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. 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 transferred from Deptford Depot to Chester-le-Street.
March 2020 Go North East Photograph by Exploring buses around the north east
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On March 23 2020, Boris Johnson placed the country on "lockdown", enforcing rules on people only leaving the house to shop for necessities, to exercise once a day, for medical needs or to provide care, or to travel to and from work (if they can't work from home). Shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres have all been closed, as well as mass gatherings being banned, schools being closed, and sporting events being cancelled. Therefore, further changes were made to bus timetables from Saturday 28 March, reflecting a mass reduction in customer demand for buses. As part of these timetable revisions; Chester-le-Street, Percy Main and Washington Depots were temporarily 'mothballed' with services operated out of key depots Consett, Deptford (including Peterlee outstation) and Riverside (including Hexham outstation) only. Therefore, this vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Deptford.
April 2016 Go North East
With the operation of "Coast & Country" services 8/78 transferring to Chester-le-Street Depot as part of service changes effective Sunday 17th April 2016, this vehicle has transferred from Stanley Depot to Chester-le-Street.
November 2015 Go North East
This vehicle has gained a new green circular symbol to the outside of the bus, behind the driver's cab, to indicate that this vehicle features audio-visual 'Next Stop' announcements.
May 2015 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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Following a number of publicity events to promote the investment into new vehicles for services 8 and 78, this vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot on "Coast & Country" services 8/78.
April 2015 Go North East
Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has been branded as "Coast & Country". "Coast & Country" is the new brand name which services 8/78 (currently branded as "Lime") will fall under. Services 8/78 link the coastal city of Sunderland and serves a number of destinations in the countryside along the route to Stanley and Consett respectively.
March 2015 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a light green base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet, and is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Once prepared for service, it is expected to be allocated to Stanley Depot, for use on services 8/78 (Sunderland - Chester-le-Street - Stanley - Consett), representing an investment of approximately £2,500,000. It is the Micro-Hybrid version of the Wright Streetlite, which is 11.5m in length. The Micro Hybrid recovers energy lost from braking to power the vehicle electrics and compressed air systems, saving up to 10% in fuel costs. The interior specification for this batch of vehicles has been completely overhauled: they feature Esteban Civic V3 seating complete with e-leather; two-colour Tarabus 'Wood Effect' flooring; and blue accent lighting, which is fitted underneath seats, to provide extra light on the gangway.
April 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has returned to Go North East following internal refurbishment and repaint into a plain blue base livery. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot prior to allocation to Riverside Depot. Though intended to be repainted black for "The Blaydon Racer" services 12/12A, Bus & Coach World mistakenly repainted this bus blue instead. As such,... see more
April 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service within Go North East's Special Events fleet. To be fitted with a digital tachograph, the vehicle will be available for Private Hire functions and stakeholder/community engagement events.
April 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has received the revised "Red Arrows" branding.
April 2016 Go North East
Ahead of upcoming service changes, due to commence from Sunday 22nd May 2016, which will see "SimpliCity" service 2 reduced to a 15-minute frequency, this vehicle has had the frequency on the cant rail revised to reflect the new frequency.