Go North East Fleet Go North East's 715
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Guy Park-Royal
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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. The depots which were temporarily 'mothballed' for the duration of the crisis have now re-opened, except for Saltmeadows Road, which is where most of the National Express coaches are stored. The central works facility remains open as usual. Therefore, this vehicle has now transferred from Deptford Depot to Washington.
March 2020 Go North East Photograph by GNE 4993
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On March 23 2020, Boris Johnson placed the country on "lockdown", enforcing rules on people only leaving the house to shop for necessities, to exercise once a day, for medical needs or to provide care, or to travel to and from work (if they can't work from home). Shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres have all been closed, as well as mass gatherings being banned, schools being closed, and sporting events being cancelled. Therefore, further changes were made to bus timetables from Saturday 28 March, reflecting a mass reduction in customer demand for buses. As part of these timetable revisions; Chester-le-Street, Percy Main and Washington Depots were temporarily 'mothballed' with services operated out of key depots Consett, Deptford (including Peterlee outstation) and Riverside (including Hexham outstation) only. Therefore, this vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Deptford.
March 2020 Go North East
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is falling customer demand and available resources. Therefore, to combat this during these unprecedented times, Go North East has reduced its service levels from Monday 23 March to run enhanced Sunday timetables rather than the full normal weekday output (Sunday service levels, plus some extra morning journeys for key workers, and a small number of contracted school/works services). As such - due to the lower number of vehicles being required at the moment - a number of transfers have taken place to ensure services are operated by the most fuel-efficient, economic and reliable buses. One such transfer is of this vehicle from Consett Depot to Washington, in order to operate Nexus-secured service 23.
April 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has transferred from Stanley Depot to Hownsgill. After two and a half years of development, the region’s largest bus operator, Go North East opened the doors to its brand new £3.5 million, state-of-the-art Hownsgill Depot in Consett, County Durham, on Friday 15 March 2019. The high-tech operation replaces the company’s Stanley Depot, which it operated from for nearly 100 years. Therefore; most vehicles based at Stanley transferred to Hownsgill on Sunday 7 April, the date from which the new depot commenced operations.
October 2018 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
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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 the Durham Cathedral Bus services 40/40A/40B has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Stanley and as such this vehicle has transferred similarly to operate these services.
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by Matthew Jimmison
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Presently unbranded; this vehicle has entered service at Chester-le-Street Depot, on Cathedral Bus services 40/40A/40B.
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by Snakebite90
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This vehicle, which carries a plain white base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. It will be transferred to Chester-le-Street Depot in due course. These brand new buses feature Esteban Civic V3 seating albeit with blue ‘Go’ fabric seat moquette opposed to the now-standard leather; two-colour Tarabus 'Wood Effect' flooring; and blue accent lighting, which is fitted underneath seats, to provide extra light on the gangway. They are also fitted with free passenger Wi-Fi, but not Next Stop Announcements as is now considered to be the standard specification of Go North East’s new vehicles. The discrepancies in the specification of these vehicles compared to the standard specification relates to the fact that they have been purchased for specific low-cost Durham County Council contracts.
September 2018 Go North East
Following changes to Nexus Miscellaneous Works and scholars contracts, which has seen Go North East being awarded with over 70 of the available contracts, this vehicle has been allocated to Saltmeadows Road Depot. As this vehicle has not been repainted into Go North East's corporate livery, it is anticipated that this vehicle will see minimal use on normal commercial services.
September 2012 Go North East
As a temporary measure, this vehicle has transferred from Deptford Depot to Stanley, and has been de-branded, so now no longer carries "Red Arrows" branding.
September 2018 Go North East
Following temporary loan to Chester-le-Street Depot, this vehicle has now returned to service at Deptford.
September 2016 Go North East
Following the entry into service of new low-carbon emission Optare Solo SR M925 vehicles at Washington Depot, this vehicle has been withdrawn from service at Washington.