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June 2020 Go North East Photograph by Steven Hodgson, John Soutar and Mark McCann
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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 Consett Depot to Hexham.
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 Riverside Depot to Consett, in order to operate service 30.
October 2019 Go North East Photograph by Guy Park-Royal
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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 Daniel Graham
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This vehicle, which is the first of 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. Notably; this vehicle was displayed at the EVM stand at Coach & Bus UK, held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 2 - 3 October 2019. It features free Wi-Fi, high-back leather seats and two-tone 'wood effect' flooring.
July 2013 Go North East
Following loan to Gateshead Depot, this vehicle has returned to service at Percy Main.
July 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has returned to Go North East following internal refurbishment and repaint into a two-tone silver and blue base livery. It is currently undergoing preparation for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot prior to returning to service at Percy Main.
July 2018 Go North East
This vehicle has been reinstated within the Special Events Fleet to provide transport for the annual Sunderland International Airshow event. The Sunderland Airshow, held from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2018 across the city’s seafront, celebrates its 30th anniversary and includes colourful displays from the Red Arrows, the Typhoons and Spitfires. Go North East are contracted to provide... see more
July 2014 Go North East
This vehicle has been repainted into Damory Coaches' new corporate livery.