Go North East Fleet Archive Go North East's 708
July 2020 Go North East Photograph by James Milroy
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This vehicle has been sold to ARG Travel, Bellshill.
July 2020 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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Due to the '2 metre' social distancing rule being ralxed to '1 metre plus', vans have been reinstated at Washington for crew reliefs with two or fewer colleagues travelling together. As such, this vehicle has been withdrawn from service at Washington.
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Snakebite90
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This vehicle has returned to service at Washington, to be allocated to service H2 and hence displacing Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 652 (NL63 XZZ) to be a spare minibus at Washington which can be used on the local network in addition to the staff shuttle taxi services which operate between The Galleries and Washington Depot.
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Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
October 2018 Go North East
Due to capacity constraints within Chester-le-Street Depot, the operation of all of the depot's minibus contracts are transferring elsewhere. The operation of service 168 (East Rainton - Easington Lane) and evening 237 (Easington Lane - Barnwell) has been transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Peterlee and as such this vehicle has transferred similarly to operate these services.
February 2018 Go North East
Following temporary loan to Stanley Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Chester-le-Street.
January 2018 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Stanley, on temporary loan, to alleviate vehicle shortages.
January 2018 Go North East
The operation of the Durham Cathedral Bus 40/40A/40B services has transferred from Stanley Depot to Chester-le-Street, following the award of further Durham County Council contracts from 28th January 2018. As such, this vehicle has also transferred from Stanley Depot to Chester-le-Street.
December 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has been fitted with a rear advertisement to promote contactless payments being available on Go North East's buses, similar to those fitted to the rear of the "Venture" branded Optare Solo SR M890 vehicles.
October 2017 Go North East
Reflecting changes to Durham County Council contracts; this vehicle has transferred from Peterlee Depot to Stanley, where it will join sister Optare Solo M710SE/Optare 706 (WK58 EAE) which is already allocated to the depot. With no preference of which vehicle should be allocated to which service, Stanley Depot has seen the additional requirement for two extra minibuses having been awarded with the five-year contract to operate the Durham Cathedral Bus 40/40A/40B services, previously operated by Stanley Travel.
March 2017 Go North East Photograph by Matthew Jimmison
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This vehicle has transferred from Deptford Depot to Peterlee.
March 2017 Go North East
Although intended to be allocated to Peterlee Depot for Nexus-secured service 168, this vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot.
February 2017 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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Prior to entering service, this vehicle has been repainted into Go North East's new corporate livery.
February 2017 Go North East
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has had its seats re-trimmed into Go North East's standard blue 'Go' moquette.
February 2017 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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New to Western Greyhound of Summercourt as fleet number 703 in January 2009, this vehicle passed to Plymouth Citybus in December 2014 where it gained fleet number 208. This vehicle has now been acquired by Go North East, where it has received fleet number 708. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot.
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a purple cream base livery, and has also received "The Drifter" branding, for services 60 (Sunderland - Seaham - Parkside) and 61 (Sunderland - Murton).
February 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Fab Fifty Seven" branding, for services 57/57A (Newcastle - Gateshead - QE Hospital - Fewster Square - Heworth - Fellgate - South Shields).
February 2014 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Percy Main Depot on "Cobalt Clipper" service 309 (Newcastle - Blyth) and 310 (Newcastle - North Shields).
February 2020 Go North East
Service revisions came into effect from Sunday 26 January which saw revised bus workings at Riverside for operational efficiencies and to improve reliability on service 6. As such, this vehicle has now lost its "Citylink" branding, having been repainted into the 2019 fleet livery.