Go North East Fleet Go North East's 704
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by Lee Calder
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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.
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 Alex Ferguson
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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
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.
September 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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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funding for the services, others chose to pursue their own commercial interests and therefore services 22 and 23 were withdrawn from the end of service on Saturday 3rd September 2016.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 710 and was later re-numbered fleet number 704. 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.
December 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Yellow Bus" branding. "Yellow Bus" is Go North East's new brand for vehicles in the fleet which operate special services such as school buses, miscellaneous peak-time services and special event shuttle services. Yellow was adopted as a standard color for North American school buses beginning in 1939. The colour, which became known as... see more
December 2017 Go North East
Following repaint into Go North East's corporate livery, this vehicle has transferred from Hexham Depot to Chester-le-Street. At Chester-le-Street; this vehicle will be primarily allocated to services 13/14, X22 and X25, allowing the cascade of older examples of the same vehicle type to another depot.
December 2017 Go North East
Following the return from refurbishment of the entire batch of vehicles intended to be allocated to the X84/X85 services, Mercedes Citaro 0530N/Mercedes Citaro 5298 to 5302, this vehicle has now received "Tynedale Express" branding. Adopting a similar design to the recent X9 | X10 brand re-launch, albeit primarily blue in colour to provide the biggest contrast against the orange base... see more
December 2006 Go North East
In line with service changes which have seen the withdrawal of services 220/222 (Sunderland - Durham) and the introduction of service 20, this vehicle has received "Prince Bishops" branding.