Go North East Fleet Archive Go North East's 9089
October 2018 Go North East
This vehicle has now been returned to Optare, following its loan period to Go North East.
September 2018 Go North East Photograph by Stealth: 5307, 5332
Despite not having seen service at Deptford Depot due to suffering a severe oil leak; this vehicle has now formally been withdrawn from service at Deptford, and is now being prepared for return to Optare at the Saltmeadows Road bodyshop facility.
September 2018 Go North East
To combat issues with a large number of minibuses being unfit for service at Deptford; this vehicle has transferred from Washington Depot to Deptford, where it will see primary allocation to "Sunderland Connect" service 700.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by aptyldsley
This vehicle has now entered service at Washington Depot on the recently awarded 23 service contract, operating between Washington Galleries and Barley Mow Estate, via Birtley. Although the vehicle was supplied to Go North East pending delivery of the new Euro 6 Optare Solo SRs for Chester-le-Street Depot; at 9.25m in length, this vehicle is too long to be allocated to the Cathedral Bus services, which is why it has instead been allocated to Washington to operate the new Nexus contract for service 23 in the Birtley area, which also runs onto peak-time Team Valley workers' services 90 and 933. Recently acquired Solos 718 (YJ62 FMA) and 723 (YD63 UZC) had temporarily been allocated to Washington from Sunday 22nd July 2018 for this purpose originally, though the additional work has also put a strain on spare minibuses at Washington, so this allocation temporarily releases 718 (YJ62 FMA) to be a spare minibus for Washington.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
This vehicle has received Go North East fleet names and has been prepared for service at Saltmeadows Road Depot. It has now been allocated to Washington Depot where it will undergo further preparation for service.
July 2018 Go North East Photograph by Daniel Graham
Last October, changes were made to Durham County Council contracts. This saw the operation of the Durham Cathedral Bus 40/40A/40B services, previously operated by Stanley Travel, pass to Go North East to operate for the next four years, with the possibility of a year-long extension depending on contract performance. Further changes were made to Durham County Council contracts in January 2018, which also saw Go North East be awarded the Chester-le-Street Town Service contract, numbered 700/701/702/703, also encompassing scholars service 876, which had previously been operated by independent firm Scarlet Band. Temporarily, three out of the four Optare Solo M710SE vehicles acquired from Plymouth Citybus in February 2017 were allocated to Stanley Depot (and latterly Chester-le-Street) to operate these services, pending delivery of three brand new Euro 6 examples from Optare. The production of these minibuses has been delayed at Optare, so they have provided this former demonstrator bus to Go North East as a courtesy vehicle, pending delivery of the new minibuses. It has been allocated fleet number 9089 for the duration of its stay in the fleet.
June 2017 Go North East
Prior to entering service, this vehicle has received "Black Cats" branding. "Black Cats" is the new brand identity being introduced to encompass a variety of different frequent services in and around the city of Sunderland, promoting the cheap and competitively priced day and weekly tickets available for travel in the city (£3.65 for a day ticket, and £12.15 for a... see more
June 2016 Go North East
This vehicle has now received "Whey Aye Five 0" branding.
June 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.
June 2008 Go North East
This vehicle has received "Fab Fifty Six" branding, with sub-branding for service 56 (Sunderland - Newcastle).