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GNE Optare Versa X21

Arriva North East    No Replies

UK Traveler, 2 hours ago

Waiting for the 14:00 X21 service from Bishop Auckland Newgate Street Methodist Church  to Newcastle and was very surprised when a GNE generic branded Optare Versa arrived. Makes a change from the X Lines branded Wright Streetdecks that usually operate the route.

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What are the worst routes to drive?

Go North East    27 Replies

Omega54, Yesterday, 6:31 pm

Drivers of this forum, what is the worst route from your depot to drive?

Enthusiasts what do you think is the worst route to drive?

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Is 39696 still at Hartlepool depot ?

Stagecoach North East    3 Replies

N391OTY, 22 Jan 2022, 2:03 am

Do anyone know whether 39696 is still at Hartlepool depot ? I believe it was delivered there for spares removal about the same time that 39695 went to Sunderland for the same purpose.

If still there, is it visible from the outside or is it hidden away in the corner of the depot. In other words, will I need to pack my hi-vis jacket when visiting !!

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Framwellgate Perth Gas Works

Bus Operations, Management & Infrastructure    3 Replies

Omega54, 21 Jan 2022, 2:41 pm 

Looks to be gas works for approx 11 weeks.. I wonder what routes will be affected. Work starts Feb 3rd.

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Interactive Historic Railway Map

Railways    10 Replies

Adrian, 20 Jan 2022, 1:08 pm

Came across this site, which I thought may be of interest to members. Shows the extent of historic railways across the UK:


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Scholars buses

Bus Operations, Management & Infrastructure    19 Replies

OrangeArrow49, 20 Jan 2022, 1:53 am

Are GNE tickets valid on GNE scholars buses? On all others I can pay 90p to board the service?

Today I almost got on a GNE scholars bus as I had a GNE ticket and the bus was there but then missed it and didn't get to ask the driver about getting on. Looks strange getting on a scholars bus service but school kids get on public buses so its not really that different.

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New Brand? With Streetlites

Go North East    5 Replies

Omega54, 19 Jan 2022, 9:03 pm

There was a post on NEB on an red streetlite...any one know what brand this will be used for? 

My thoughts is maybe the 50/26

(19 Jan 2022, 9:03 pm)Omega54 Wrote: There was a post on NEB on an red streetlite...any one know what brand this will be used for? 

My thoughts is maybe the 50/26
tbh I don't even think its a GNE bus - the seats look a bit off.

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Bus services operating with local authority funding

Bus Operations, Management & Infrastructure    28 Replies

soxet12, 19 Jan 2022, 3:25 pm

(19 Jan 2022, 3:04 pm)Storx Wrote: I can't see any new depot in North Tyneside, the place blatantly barely makes any money considering every route is subsidised bar the 1/309/310/311 and the last 3 are on a reduced timetable at night time because, 'North Tyneside is a low usage area during the day, never mind the evening,' and the drivers are used elsewhere as said last night.

There's no chance for getting investment in a full depot out there imo unless something changes big time or there's some form of working together with other operators to save money, work with Arriva at Walkergate for example which supposedly is going to have electric charging potential but that sort of partnership is unknown.
I know this was said in a different thread but it's not correct. The drivers that would normally have been driving the evening 1, 309, 310, 311, 18 and 19 etc that have now been cancelled are actually sat in the depot canteen for 5-6 hours doing nothing, there is usually 5 or so sat there

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58 Extension to Follingsby Park

Go North East    17 Replies

User2613, 19 Jan 2022, 4:38 am

A survey has been sent out to Amazon staff tonight asking thoughts on a planned extension of the 58 to Follingsby Park.

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Could Norham Road Be closing in the long term?

Go North East    18 Replies

DaveFromUpNorth, 19 Jan 2022, 2:15 am

Sorry for the controversial  post  but

GNE has submitted a bit for  ZEBRA funding for 59 new electric buses for Tyneside & Hexham routes which includes 17 vechicles for the 309/310/311 Cobalt & Coast routes on the Coast Road corridor 

Question is 

Can Norham Road site sustain 17 electric vechicles?

Does this suggest the site may need to be relocated?

Or will 17 vechicles be displaced to a different depot elsewhere?

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