Go North East Fleet Go North East's 728
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot, on "Sunderland Connect" services 700/701.
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by North East Malarkey
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Prior to entering service, this vehicle has received "Sunderland Connect" branding.
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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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.
May 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot, on "Prince Bishops" services 20/20A/X20 (South Shields - Durham).
May 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has been stripped of its promotional livery for the Cinderella pantomime at Newcastle's Theatre Royal. It wasn't stripped of branding sooner, as it was originally planned to be refurbished in lieu of Mercedes Citaro 0530N/Mercedes Citaro 5292 (NK08 CGO) which had until recently been impounded by the police having been involved in a fatal collision, but this vehicle has now... see more
May 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has been sold for scrap to Trevor Wigley, Carlton.
May 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Hexham, where it, following installation of a new Ticketer ticket machine, will be allocated to "Tynedale Links" services X81/185/681 to compare against the low-carbon emission Optare Solo SRs currently allocated to these services.