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July 2020 Go North East Photograph by Following repaint, this vehicle has received "X-lines" branding for services X45/X46/X47. The iconic Red Kite symbol, which has been prominent on the services running between Consett and Newcastle since 2007, has been retained in the branding, both externally and internally, where fun facts about these iconic birds can be found on the cove panels. It has now returned to service at Consett.
July 2020 Go North East In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the vastly reduced revenue income being generated currently, nine of Go North East's new Wright StreetDecks will be 'diverted' to Oxford Bus Company. In return, Go North East will take seven of Oxford Bus Company's surplus interdeck Volvo B11RT/Plaxton Elitei coaches, for use on services X9 & X10 between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. This will displace the Volvo B5TLs currently allocated to these services to operate service X21 at Chester-le-Street instead, with the aim of improving reliability and fleet standardisation. As such, this vehicle has received a partial (back-end) repaint into the light green variant of the "X-lines" livery, for services X45/X46/X47.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by 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 transferred from Consett Depot to Chester-le-Street.
April 2020 Go North East Photograph by In order to combat the changing demand for bus services in the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Consett.
March 2020 Go North East Photograph by 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 Riverside.
November 2019 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has received branding for "X-lines" service X21. X-lines is a new concept introduced by Go North East to set apart limited-stop routes from local bus services, with the buses featuring an eye-catching metallic gold base livery. Each group of services will feature a different colour rear, with plum used on services X6/X7 and X20 earlier in the year, and blue used for the X21. Although the iconic "Castles Express" brand will dissolve as a result of this re-brand, there will still be a nod to the magnificent castles along the route, by being included within the X-lines 'skyline' on the external branding, photographs included on the stringer panel internally, as well as commentary about these attractions on the audio announcements.
October 2019 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has lost its special livery to promote contactless payment options being available on-bus, having been repainted into a four-colour base livery, comprising of gold and blue colours. In order to improve reliability on service X21, the spare vehicles for "Angel" service 21 will instead form part of the main fleet allocation on "X-lines" service X21, with the older StreetDecks repainted into fleet livery and used as spare vehicles for service 21 instead.
September 2019 Go North East Photograph by The Crook outstation is being closed, therefore all operations of service X21 are being transferred from Crook Depot to Chester-le-Street. As such, this vehicle has also transferred from Crook Depot to Chester-le-Street.
May 2019 Go North East Photograph by 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 Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, following an increase in the PVR of "The Castles Express" service X21, due to the extension of the route from Bishop Auckland to Tindale Crescent, via Woodhouse Close, partially replacing service 18.
February 2019 Go North East Photograph by Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
February 2019 Go North East Following the return to service of "The Castles Express" branded Wright StreetDeck 6304 (NK16 BXD); this vehicle is now part of Chester-le-Street Depot's fleet allocation once again, however presently remains on loan to Crook Depot to alleviate vehicle shortages.
December 2018 Go North East Photograph by Initially on loan; this vehicle has now been officially transferred to Crook Depot's fleet allocation, to replace "The Castles Express" branded Wright StreetDeck 6304 (NK16 BXD) which is undergoing accident damage repairs at Thornton Bros, Ashington. Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6176 (YN56 FFS) has replaced this vehicle in the fleet allocation at Chester-le-Street Depot. Once 6304 (NK16 BXD) returns to service, the originally intended re-allocations can take place as expected.
December 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
November 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
October 2018 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
October 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
October 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
October 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
October 2018 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
August 2018 Go North East Photograph by Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
August 2018 Go North East Photograph by Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
August 2018 Go North East This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
August 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
August 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
June 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
June 2018 Go North East Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
May 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
March 2018 Go North East Photograph by Following temporary loan to Crook Depot, this vehicle has returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
February 2018 Go North East Photograph by In order to allow completion of branding amendments on the “Castles Express” branded Wright StreetDecks, this vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Crook, on temporary loan.
January 2018 Go North East Photograph by Last summer; Go North East invested over £1.6 million in new electronic ticket machines with the ability to accept contactless payment methods, to make getting the bus even easier for people in the region. Unveiled during last year's "Catch the Bus Week" (3rd - 9th July 2017), Go North East hopes the versatility and stress-free nature of contactless will drive passenger numbers across its Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Tees Valley services. Now in its fourth year, Catch the Bus Week raises awareness of the associated health, economic and environmental benefits of bus travel, while aiming to drive long-term travel change. To support the company's ongoing marketing campaign to advertise the ability to pay by contactless on Go North East buses, this vehicle has received a special promotional livery. Emblazoned with the large tagline, "Hop, Tap, Go!"; this vehicle intends to serve as a mobile advertisement for non-bus users who were previously worried about having incorrect change, or who were put off by the ticket-buying process, and now may be more inclined to just pop on the bus.
January 2018 Go North East Photograph by Prior to receiving branding, this vehicle has entered service at Chester-le-Street Depot. Primarily acting as a spare vehicle for "Angel" service 21, this vehicle will also be used at Crook Depot, in the event that a "Castles Express" branded Wright StreetDeck is unfit for service. If all of the branded allocation on both "Angel" service 21 and "The Castles Express" service X21 are on the road, then this vehicle will be allocated to other double-deck services at Chester-le-Street Depot, in order to maximise the amount of mileage operated by this fuel-efficient vehicle eligible for extra BSOG payments.
January 2018 Go North East Photograph by This vehicle, which carries a light blue base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. As part of the £4.3 million investment to upgrade the "Angel" service 21, which is currently allocated Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B5LHs, partially funded by a grant of £1,119,235 in Round 3 of the Green Bus Fund in 2012, Go North East has also ordered two dedicated spare vehicles to the same internal specification as the branded ones. This has been done to ensure customers on the 21 service can enjoy an undisrupted and continually high-quality service. These vehicles feature the latest technology, and are fitted with the third generation of Wrightbus' Micro-Hybrid system. This system allows a 21% fuel and CO2 saving; and is achieved by carrying through the technologies from the previous two generations of the Micro-Hybrid systems, as well as additional features being added, such as a third smart alternator to power new electric features such as an electric air compressor, which reduces engine load and fuel consumption. As well as this, the vehicles feature Euro 6 stop/start engines. Internally; they feature Esteban Civic V3 seating complete with leather and soft topper foam for added comfort; four tables on the upper saloon; two-colour Tarabus 'Wood Effect' flooring; and blue accent lighting, which is fitted underneath seats and on the stairwell, to provide extra light on the gangway. A first for Go North East; this batch of vehicles also includes a glass staircase, for added style and again providing further light on the stairwell. Like all new vehicles; they feature Wi-Fi, 'Next Stop' audio-visual announcements and USB connections as standard, though these vehicles also feature three-pin power sockets on the upper saloon tables.

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