Go North East Fleet Go North East's 703
July 2020 Go North East Photograph by Leo Dembry
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To facilitate the transfer of Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 635 (NK61 FJP) and 636 (NK61 FXD) from Deptford to Hexham to operate the Hadrian's Wall Country Bus AD122 service, this vehicle has returned to service at Percy Main, allowing the displacement of fleet livery Optare Solo SRs to Deptford, to be used on the staff shuttle service in their place.
June 2020 Go North East
As a result of the inward transfer of Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 651 (NL63 XZY) to Riverside, this vehicle has transferred to Percy Main in their 'not in service' fleet. It remains available to be brought back into service, together with sister 704 (YJ10 MFK), if it is required.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has been reinstated at Riverside, for use on scholars service 112 (Westgate Road - South Gosforth - West Jesmond Primary School), which requires the use of a minibus.
June 2020 Go North East
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 now been re-licensed, but remains out of service.
April 2020 Go North East
Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
July 2019 Go North East Photograph by kieron mathews
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Following repaint, this vehicle has received "Little Coasters" branding.
July 2019 Go North East
Following service changes and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has lost its "indiGo" branding having been repainted into a new two-tone blue base livery.
May 2019 Go North East
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 Washington Depot to Percy Main, in order to operate "Little Coasters" service 11 and act as a spare vehicle for "Little Coasters" services 40/41/42.
September 2018 Go North East
Following temporary loan to Chester-le-Street Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Washington.
September 2018 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Chester-le-Street, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
October 2017 Go North East
Following temporary loan to Chester-le-Street Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Washington.
October 2017 Go North East Photograph by R855 PRG
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This vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Chester-le-Street, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
August 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has been fitted with Wi-Fi, partially meeting the standard specification of the newer "indiGo" branded Optare Solo SR M925/Optare vehicles which operate on "indiGo Washington" services 81/82/83/84.
October 2016 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
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This vehicle has entered service at Washington Depot, on "indiGo" services 85/86.
September 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has received "indiGo Washington" branding. It lacks the Wi-Fi and Next Stop Announcement feature 'blobs' as featured on the new Optare Solo SR M925/Optare vehicles which entered service earlier this year, as, unlike the new vehicles, it does not have either of these features.
September 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has been repainted into a plain pink base livery. Once prepared for service; this vehicle will be allocated to Washington Depot, and the recently introduced "indiGo" brand will be expanded to encompass services 85/86.
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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 610 and was later re-numbered fleet number 703. 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.
July 2018 Go North East
Now confirmed to be entering public service within the fleet; this vehicle has undergone preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road, including fitting of Go North East fleet names and the fleet number 9090.
July 2015 Go North East
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 £1,800,000, Go North East has ordered fourteen Optare Solo SR minibuses to be launched on the "East Durham" network of services at Peterlee Depot. The services will be... see more
July 2011 Go North East
Go North East has introduced a new service, numbered X3 and branded as "Red Arrows", which this vehicle is now allocated to at Deptford Depot. The new X3 service runs from Sunderland to Newcastle via East Boldon, Boldon ASDA, Heworth and Gateshead, completing the journey in around 53 minutes. The company has introduced a new Weekly Saver ticket, available to buy for £15, allowing... see more
July 2018 Go North East
While work is being carried out on the "Prince Bishops" branded Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid vehicles at Deptford, this vehicle has been reinstated on temporary loan. The work being carried out includes fitment of a new Wi-Fi enabled destination controller, with the standard controllers currently in these vehicles being fitted to the ex-London Volvo B7TLs which... see more