Go North East Fleet Go North East's 705
June 2019 Go North East Photograph by Ken Weaver
Following completion of engine repairs which rendered this vehicle unable to transfer on Sunday 19 May as originally intended, this vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Percy Main. At Percy Main this vehicle should primarily operate "Little Coasters" service 11 and act as a spare vehicle for "Little Coasters" services 40/41/42.
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by Guy Park-Royal
Following the entry into service of the three new Optare Solo SR M790SE vehicles on the Durham County Council contracts at Chester-le-Street, this vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Washington. At Washington; this vehicle will act as a spare vehicle for the entire minibus network at the depot, alongside one of the similar examples, 701 - 704, already allocated.
April 2018 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
The contract for service 168, currently operated by Peterlee Depot, is to be extended until May 2019. To improve the efficiency of the low-cost rota at Chester-le-Street, the operation of service 168 and evening service 237 will transfer to Chester-le-Street from 14th April 2018. As such, this vehicle has transferred from Peterlee Depot to Chester-le-Street, to operate these services.
September 2017 Go North East
The operation of scholars service 452 (Houghton School - St. Michael's RC Primary School) and workers' service 968 (Easington Lane - Waterview Park) has transferred from Deptford Depot to Peterlee. As such; this vehicle, which has been released for cascade from Washington following the loss of Miscellaneous Works and scholars contracts at this depot, has transferred from Washington Depot to Peterlee, to operate these contracted services.
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.
July 2017 Go North East
A large number of double-deck vehicles are required over the summer months, due to Go North East being awarded with the contracts to operate additional services for special events and Metro Replacement. As such, this vehicle will now be allocated to a Miscellaneous Works running board at Washington, following the reduction of the PVR of service 86. This displaces a double-deck vehicle to Riverside to operate Metro Replacement service 900, which would have otherwise been withdrawn.
November 2016 Go North East Photograph by
This vehicle has entered service at Washington Depot. It should act as a dedicated spare vehicle for the "indiGo Washington" network - should any of the branded vehicles on services 82/83/85/86 be unavailable, this vehicle should be allocated instead.
October 2016 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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.
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 810 and was later re-numbered fleet number 705. 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.
June 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot, on "Prince Bishops" services 20/20A/X20 (South Shields - Durham).
June 2018 Go North East
New to Lewis' of Llangeitho in September 2013; this vehicle has now been acquired by Go North East, following its return to the lessor (Dawson Group). It has received fleet number 723 at Go North East, and is one of a batch of 8 pre-owned Optare Solos being acquired by Go North East, due to a shortage of minibuses following the award of contracts. This example, which has seatbelts, is... see more
June 2017 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a light red base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Manufactured by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, this batch of vehicles feature the latest Euro 6 Micro-Hybrid engines with the cleanest vehicle emissions standards. Unlike previous examples in the fleet, they therefore feature a... see more
June 2013 Go North East
Ahead of service 39 being upgraded to an Optare Versa allocation, this vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's corporate livery with 'Northern' fleet names.