Go North East Fleet Go North East's 5409
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.
October 2015 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
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This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Stanley.
October 2015 Go North East
Ahead of impending transfer to Stanley Depot in exchange for 5401 (NK15 ENO), this vehicle has gained "Red Kite" branding. Recent service changes have seen the PVR of the "Red Kite" 45/46 services increase by one vehicle, and to allow the "Red Kite" branded allocation to be carry consecutive fleet numbers (5409 - 5418), this vehicle has been branded opposed to 5401 (NK15 ENO).
May 2015 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
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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 Chester-le-Street Depot. On Sundays; when the PVR of the "Coast & Country" services is reduced, 5401 (NK15 ENO) is allocated to services 14 and X22. This provides customers on these services with premium features such as free Wi-Fi and power sockets, and the company can also claim for an enhanced rate of BSOG payment (an extra 6p per kilometre), thus making the Sunday operation of these services more commercially viable.
April 2015 Go North East
Ahead of its entry into service, this vehicle has received Go North East's corporate livery.
March 2015 Go North East Photograph by Matthew Jimmison
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This vehicle, which carries a red 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 Chester-le-Street Depot, to act as a spare vehicle for 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.
May 2018 Go North East
In order to improve the appearance of the Driver Training fleet, the entire batch of Scania L94s are to undergo repaint. Having previously carried a plain red base livery, this vehicle has now received a plain blue livery. It is intended for the batch to have branding fitted in the future, showcasing some of the benefits of joining "Team GNE" thereby acting as a mobile advertisement for... 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 2017 Go North East
Upcoming service changes in May will see the "Toon Link" brand encompass services 6, X30/X31 and X70/X71 with a mixed allocation of Scania OmniCitys and Scania OmniDekkas. This vehicle has consequently received "Toon Link" branding, following repaint.
May 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Black Cats" branding. "Black Cats" is the new brand identity being introduced to encompass a variety of different frequent services in and around the city of Sunderland, promoting the cheap and competitively priced day and weekly tickets available for travel in the city (£3.65 for a day ticket, and £12.15 for a weekly ticket).