Go North East Fleet Go North East's 676
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
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This vehicle has received new sub-branding for service X20 on the external cant rail, showing the revised route details (Sunderland - Houghton-le-Spring - Durham - Langley Park) following the service changes which took place from Monday 1 June 2020.
June 2020 Go North East
Service changes from Monday 1 June 2020 resulted in X-lines service X20 being extended from Durham to Langley Park, via Arnison Centre, to replace service 14 and offer new cross-city journeys. As such, services X6/X7 have been taken out of the X-lines brand, with larger single-deck buses being used currently to help with social distancing for passengers using these services. As such, this vehicle has received new internal branding for service X20, including cove panels and a rear mural. The cant rail branding has been stripped to remove the reference to Peterlee, although will be replaced in due course.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by kieron mathews
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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 transferred from Hexham Depot to Deptford.
March 2020 Go North East Photograph by kieron mathews
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Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is falling customer demand and available resources. Therefore, to combat this during these unprecedented times, Go North East has reduced its service levels from Monday 23 March to run enhanced Sunday timetables rather than the full normal weekday output (Sunday service levels, plus some extra morning journeys for key workers, and a small number of contracted school/works services). As such - due to the lower number of vehicles being required at the moment - a number of transfers have taken place to ensure services are operated by the most fuel-efficient, economic and reliable buses. One such transfer is of this vehicle from Deptford to Hexham, for primary use on "Tynedale Express" services X84/X85.
May 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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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 Percy Main Depot to Deptford, where it will be allocated to the revised X6/X7 services and the enhanced X20 service (which now runs all day Monday to Saturday instead of at peak-times only). "X-lines" is a new brand identity introduced to house express or limited-stop services and is designed to provide a more premium customer experience. Following transfer to Deptford Depot, this vehicle also received "X-lines" branding, with sub-branding for services X6/X7 and X20, promoting the fast links between Sunderland and Peterlee or Durham, which these services offer. Whilst the majority of branded buses will now include advertisement frames as standard, "X-lines" branded buses will not include these, aiming to make them stand out against standard local buses. Each bus has a different message on the rear, with this example promoting the 'creature comforts' available on "X-lines" buses, such as comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi and USB charging points, as well as 'next stop' audio-visual announcements.
May 2019 Go North East Photograph by Matthew Jimmison
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Ahead of upcoming service changes and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has lost its "indiGo" branding having been repainted into a new four-colour base livery. The livery is mostly gold-based at the front, with a berry colour at the rear. Prior to being repainted the bus was also fitted with USB charging sockets at Thornton Brothers, Ashington.
March 2016 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
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This vehicle has entered service at Percy Main Depot.
March 2016 Go North East
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has received "indiGo" branding for the local network of services operating out of Percy Main Depot.
March 2016 Go North East Photograph by Snakebite90
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This vehicle, which carries a plain pink base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Representing an investment of approximately £1,200,000, Go North East has ordered nine Optare Solo SR minibuses to be launched on the "North Tyne Links" network of services at Percy Main Depot. The services will be re-branded as "indiGo", promoting connections to Whitley Bay, Cobalt, Newcastle and beyond. These brand new buses 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. They are also fitted with free passenger Wi-Fi and Next Stop Announcements.
September 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has moved into a newly-formed Special Events and Private Hire fleet. This Special Events fleet comprises of various coaches and double-deck buses: these should not be allocated to public services, but will be brought into service to operate Park & Ride contracts, shuttle services, and other services associated with special events. These vehicles also remain available for Private... see more
September 2018 Go North East
Alongside sister 5487 (HW07 CXY); as well as primarily acting as a spare vehicle for "Connections4" service 4 (serving as a replacement vehicle for Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5263 (NK56 KJY) in the fleet which had transferred to Percy Main at the start of September), this vehicle will also be allocated to newly-awarded Nexus Miscellaneous Works contracts operating from the depot. It... see more
September 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has lost its branding for "The Castles Express", having been repainted into a four-colour base livery, comprising of gold and blue colours. Service X21 is the next route to undergo the makeover into the new "X-lines" specification.
September 2006 Go North East
Having recently been repainted, this vehicle has now received "Saltwell Park" branding for services 53/54, which operate a circular service between Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead and Saltwell Park.