Go North East Fleet Archive Go North East's 9088
February 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has now been returned to Optare, following its loan period at Go North East.
January 2019 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
Following the demonstration trial of Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid 3 9092 (SK17 HHL) on "Connections4" service 4 in November 2017, Go North East are now currently trialling vehicles from other manufacturers. The ongoing trials have seen the acquisition of a 9.6m ADL Enviro 200MMC and also Optare's latest 'xFE' variant of the Euro 6 Versa model, allowing Go North East to gather comparative data against the Streetlites, as well as gauging driver and passenger feedback for the duration of their stay. This vehicle has now entered service at Washington Depot, on "Connections4" service 4. Allison’s xFE transmissions in the Optare Versa model feature the latest advances in fuel-saving technology. Incorporating optimized gear ratios coupled with the FuelSense® Max package, xFE transmissions have been designed to deliver significantly more lock up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges for further fuel economy improvements.
January 2019 Go North East
Registered new as YJ68 FXY, this vehicle was re-registered as OP07 ARE in December 2018 prior to entering service. The cherished registration mark, owned by Optare, was previously allocated to HOV1. This vehicle was a Hybrid Optare Versa demonstrator bus to TfL specification, used at Epsom Coaches Group and Go-Ahead London. Over the coming months, Go North East will finalise plans for this year's intake of brand new vehicles to support the replacement of some of their oldest buses. As such; following on from the trial of Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Micro-Hybrid 3 9092 (SK17 HHL) last year on "Connections4" service 4, Go North East will now undergo a comparative trial of the Optare Versa xFE and ADL Enviro200MMC. This vehicle, first unveiled last year at the NEC's annual Euro Bus Expo event, has now been delivered to Go North East and allocated fleet number 9088 for the duration of its stay.
February 2015 Go North East
This vehicle has been sold to Brighton & Hove, where it now carries fleet number 128. It will be repainted at Hants & Dorset Trim, prior to entering service at Brighton & Hove's Lewes Road Depot.
February 2019 Go North East
This vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Chester-le-Street, in order to operate "Coast & Country" services 8/78, while warranty work is completed on the branded Wright Streetlites at Chester-le-Street.
February 2018 Go North East
Following repaint and the application of branding; this vehicle has returned to service at Percy Main Depot, where it will now be allocated to "Blue Arrow" service 11 (Whitley Bay - Metrocentre).
February 2015 Go North East
Following service revisions in Sunderland last month which saw a number of changes to service and consequent re-allocations, this vehicle has gained "SimpliCity" branding, with sub-branding for services 2/2A.