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June 2019 Go North East Photograph by Bus Enthusiast
Following repaint, this vehicle has received "Little Coasters" branding. "Little Coasters" is the new brand identity introduced to replace "indiGo" in North Tyneside, and additionally encompasses service 11 (Wallsend - Whitley Bay), alongside services 40/41/42 which were previously branded as "indiGo". It aims to promote the frequent services in and around North Tyneside which connect to the 'trunk' "Coaster" 1/1A and "Cobalt & Coast" 309/310 services.
June 2019 Go North East
As a result of recent service changes and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has lost its "Black Cats" branding having been repainted into a new two-tone blue base livery.
May 2019 Go North East
Upcoming vehicle transfers will see this vehicle re-allocated to Percy Main to be allocated to services 11 and 40/41/42. As such; ahead of this transfer taking place, this vehicle has been fitted with free Wi-Fi.
June 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).
November 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot.
November 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain red base livery. It has been repainted into the same shade of red which is used on the Scania L94UB/Wright Solar vehicles allocated to service 39 at Deptford, as well as the new Optare Solo SR M925/Optare vehicles allocated to service 33 at Deptford. It is thought that this vehicle will join them on service 238, and branded under the same network identity, once prepared for service.
October 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
Since the withdrawal of Oxfordshire County Council subsidies on 20th July 2016, Thames Travel has been operating the Bicester Town bus services 22 and 23 on a commercial basis. These services run at a loss of approximately £4,500 per week and therefore this decision was a temporary arrangement, while Thames Travel continued discussions with several local stakeholders to pool existing finances and resources to safeguard the longer term future of the services. The company’s proposal included extended operating hours to better meet the needs of commuters using rail services, offering improved daily links to the new Park & Ride site and providing a frequent service between the town centre, two rail stations and Bicester Village. Unfortunately, while some stakeholders were supportive of the company’s proposals and were prepared to provide some funding for the services, others chose to pursue their own commercial interests and therefore services 22 and 23 were withdrawn from the end of service on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The Optare Solos allocated to these services are now hence surplus to requirements at Thames Travel, and have hence been acquired by Go North East, to allow for the withdrawal of further Transbus Mini Pointer Darts from the fleet. This vehicle was new to Thames Travel in May 2010 as fleet number 1110 and was later re-numbered fleet number 708. As the Go-Ahead Group purchased the company in May 2011, it is currently fitted with non-standard Mobitec destination displays. These are planned to be removed prior to entry into service at Go North East.
November 2018 Go North East
Following the end of the month-long Metro Replacement contract in operation between South Shields and Chichester, this vehicle has transferred to Deptford Depot, to assist in the final weeks of the operation of the special Park & Ride service for the Sunderland Illuminations event. Sunderland Illuminations will be back spreading sparkle along Roker and Seaburn seafront from Thursday 18 October... see more
November 2010 Go North East
As a result of service revisions to routes on the Tyne Valley corridor, this vehicle has transferred from Consett Depot to Saltmeadows.
November 2008 Go North East
This vehicle has now received "Red Arrows" branding.
November 2015 Go North East
This vehicle has received modifications at Thornton Brothers, Ashington, and as such is now DDA-compliant. This means that this vehicle does not need to be withdrawn from service prior to 1 January 2016 (like all other non-DDA compliant single deckers).