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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. As such, this vehicle has now been reinstated at Washington. It should be primarily allocated to the staff shuttle service running between Washington Depot and The Galleries, allowing better social distancing measures for the employees that need to use these services.
May 2020 Go North East
With an expected announcement from the UK Government on Sunday 10 May to relax some of the current "lockdown" restrictions in the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which could lead to an increased number of passengers travelling on Go North East's bus services, further re-allocations and service allocation revisions are being made, in order to increase social distancing on-board Go North East's bus services. This will include double-deck buses being allocated to services ordinarily allocated single-decks, and single-deck buses being allocated to those services which had been temporarily allocated minibuses for the duration of the crisis. Therefore this vehicle has been taken out of service at Hexham.
March 2020 Go North East Photograph by A&LSP8
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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 Riverside Depot to Hexham.
November 2019 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
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This vehicle has now entered service at Riverside Depot, on the NHS staff shuttle closed contract, in operation between the RVI and Freeman Hospital.
October 2019 Go North East Photograph by kieron mathews
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This vehicle, which is the second of the two new Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM VS30 Cityline vehicles for the NHS contract, has been delivered. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Riverside. It features free Wi-Fi, high-back leather seats and two-tone 'wood effect' flooring.
July 2012 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a striking maroon base livery with a gold painted 'X' towards the rear of the vehicle, has arrived into the Go North East fleet. It features Wi-Fi and power sockets, and is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Once prepared for service, it is expected to be allocated to Gateshead Depot, for use on services X9/X10 (Newcastle -... see more
July 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has entered service at Deptford Depot on "Black Cats" services 2/2A (Silksworth - Washington) and 39 (Doxford Park - Pennywell). The Optare Versas currently allocated to services 2/2A are in line to be cascaded to another depot, whilst the Scania L94s currently allocated to service 39 are in line to cascade to services 38 and 61 at Deptford.
July 2017 Go North East
Having previously carried "TEN" branding, this vehicle has been repainted into a dark green base livery. As part of ongoing improvements to services on the Tyne Valley, Go North East will re-brand its "TEN" 10/10A/10B/10X services as "Tyne Valley Ten" on a green base livery, moving away from the silver livery which the vehicles allocated to these services have carried... see more
July 2008 Go North East
Following service changes effective Sunday 30th March 2008, this vehicle has received "Pink Panthers" branding. This brand name was first used on a fleet of Optare Solos from Chester-le-Street to operate new service D4 in Durham starting 2 October 2006. The service was unsuccessful and withdrawn on 31 December 2006. The small fleet of pink Solos were sent to Percy Main, a big user of the... see more