Go North East Fleet Go North East's 8334
June 2020 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
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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 Riverside.
April 2020 Go North East
Following completion of all required vehicle re-allocations; this vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been officially delicensed (SORN'd), enabling Go North East to obtain a tax refund.
March 2017 Go North East
As part of ongoing improvements to on-bus facilities and customer experience, this vehicle has been fitted with free customer Wi-Fi.
July 2015 Go North East Photograph by Matt D Williamson
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This vehicle has received "Quaylink" branding. It carries the purple variation of Go North East's "Quaylink" branding for services Q1/Q2.
June 2015 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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This vehicle has been repainted into a plain yellow base livery. Following funding withdrawals from Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council, the future of the "QuayLink" services (which Go North East operates under contract to Nexus) was unknown. It was announced earlier this year that Go North East has stepped in to save the "QuayLink", and, from 26th July 2015, will operate the services commercially. The services will be revised to expand upon Go North East's current network of services. The current "QuayLink" Q1 service from Newcastle Central Station to Gateshead will merge with "The Orbit" branded 51/52 services, and will be re-numbered Q1/Q2. The current "QuayLink" Q2 service from Newcastle Haymarket Bus Station to St Peter's Basin will be merged with "Great Park & Ride" service X40, and will be re-numbered Q3. As such, all of the "QuayLink" and "The Orbit" branded vehicles will be repainted with a fresh coat of yellow and the branding will be revised accordingly. The two former Deptford-based "SimpliCity" branded Optare Versas will also be repainted as part of this scheme and the rise in the combined PVR of the current "The Orbit" and "QuayLink" branded services.
May 2015 Go North East
Ahead of upcoming service changes, this vehicle has been fitted with Next Stop Announcements.
February 2014 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
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Following the closure of Gateshead and Winlaton depots, this vehicle has been transferred to the brand new Riverside Depot. Riverside Depot replaces the existing depots at Sunderland Road in Gateshead and Winlaton which date back to the days of the tramways.
August 2011 Go North East Photograph by emdjt42
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This vehicle has entered service at Gateshead Depot.
August 2011 Go North East
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has received "The Orbit" branding.
August 2011 Go North East
This vehicle, which carries a purple base livery, has arrived into the Go North East fleet, and is currently being prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. Due to a problem at the DVLA with registering this vehicle, it has been allocated a new registration mark (NK11 HJE) and has surrendered its original registration mark (NK11 FXU). Once prepared for service, this vehicle will be allocated to Gateshead Depot, for use on "Orbit" services 51/52.
July 2015 Go North East
Following the completion of internal modifications at Thornton Brothers, Ashington, this vehicle has returned to service at Hexham Depot.
July 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn from service at Percy Main Depot and released for internal refurbished and repaint at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn. The extensive refurbishment work includes, but is not limited to, external repaint; deep cleaning of the interior of the vehicle; renewal of floor coverings; cleaning all seat frames and re-trimming seats into leather with USB sockets... see more
July 2012 Go North East
Ahead of the arrival of new Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL vehicles for services X9/X10, this vehicle has been painted into a maroon base livery with a large gold 'X' painted towards the rear of the vehicle. It is believed that this vehicle will be retained at Gateshead Depot as a branded spare vehicle for "Tyne Tees Xpress" services X9/X10.
July 2017 Go North East
This vehicle has returned to service at Riverside Depot, where it will see allocation to "The Crusader" service 27 (Newcastle - South Shields).