Go North East Fleet Go North East's 727
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by Peter Barclay
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot, on "Sunderland Connect" services 700/701.
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
In May 2018, Nexus offered a new tender opportunity to operators in the North East of England, to operate the daytime "Sunderland Connect" 700 and evening 701 services. The tender is designed to promote and continue the public transport links in Sunderland between Park Lane, Clanny House, City Campus, Park Lane, Aquatic Centre, St Peters Campus, West Sunniside and Park Lane, to offer a service to the general public and university students and to be branded as the ‘Sunderland Connect’ service. Since the contract's inception in 2012, Sunderland City Council provided the winning operator with three Hybrid Optare Solos to operate the services, but this year the contract changed so that the vehicles were instead owned by the operator, although the livery to be carried by the vehicles still remained the responsibility of the scheme partners to specify. Go North East were awarded this contract in July 2018, to commence from September 2018, winning the tender based on providing three brand new Euro 6 low-carbon Optare Solo SRs, with a 'Euro 5' bus being the intended spare vehicle. Dispensation has been allowed since September to continue using the Hybrid Optare Solos owned by Sunderland City Council, pending delivery of the new minibuses. Delivery of these vehicles has now commenced. Internally; they feature Esteban Civic V3 seating complete with leather and soft topper foam for added comfort; two-colour Tarabus 'Wood Effect' flooring; and blue accent lighting, which is fitted underneath seats and on the stairwell, to provide extra light on the gangway. Like all of Go North East's new vehicles; they feature Wi-Fi, 'Next Stop' audio-visual announcements and USB connections as standard, although this is the first time USB power sockets have been included on an Optare new-build.
March 2017 Go North East
In order to standardise the fleets at Stanley and Washington following the entry into service of the new Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid vehicles on "Durham Diamond" services 16/16A, this vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Stanley.
March 2007 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into a plain lilac base livery, and has also received "Cross Tyne" branding for services 9 (Sunderland - Wallsend) and 9A (Sunderland - North Shields).
March 2007 Go North East
Following the withdrawal of the 775 service (Sunderland - Consett) and the restructure of the routes along this corridor, this vehicle has received "Lime" branding, featuring the tagline "cross county connection".
March 2020 Go North East
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... see more