Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - March 2016
#1
Buses queuing to get in and out of Gateshead.

Have GNE considered Prince Consort as a diversion during these works?
Wistfully stuck in the 90s
#2
Green Arrow 4947 looks to have a minor rtc on Wellington Street and currently facing wrong way into traffic
Wistfully stuck in the 90s
#3
6301 at the launch today: https://flic.kr/p/EEMmDQ
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#4
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Philadelphia Lane is closed in both directions between Philadelphia and Newbottle. All buses diverted via Coaley Lane, The Beehive, Blind Lane and Success Road in both directions. Stops in Newbottle and Philadelphia Lane will be un-served at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
#5
(01/03/2016, 15:04)Adrian Wrote: 6301 at the launch today: https://flic.kr/p/EEMmDQ

Shiny.

I didn't make it up to the market place - knackered and needed to get home for a rest as I still need to go pick littl'un up from school. Will have to say hello to it on Saturday with big'un.
#6
(01/03/2016, 15:49)BusLoverMum Wrote: Shiny.

I didn't make it up to the market place - knackered and needed to get home for a rest as I still need to go pick littl'un up from school. Will have to say hello to it on Saturday with big'un.
They look really smart if I'm honest. They're really nice inside too, and they were letting people on when I was there. The tables are a nice addition, and they actually have a proper seat at the back, rather than that moulded rubbish.
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#7
Who will be at Newcastle one ?
#8
As soon as the Streetdecks enter service on the X21 will 9119 immanently go back to a demo role else where?

Or will it stay in the North East and go on another service?
#9
Did anyone ask at the launch whether they would be out by the 5th?
#10
(01/03/2016, 17:44)Jackamcardle Wrote: Did anyone ask at the launch whether they would be out by the 5th?

I doubt it, given that there is a launch at Bishop Auckland on Saturday 5th, and therefore one bus will be in attendance, meaning one would be missing from the PVR. Also, as with previous promotional events, all launches have taken place before the new vehicles have entered service. I'd have thought Monday 7th would be the day they'll enter service.
#11
(29/02/2016, 18:54)citaro5284 Wrote: no, its well down the list

Oh, it least you are aware
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#12
(01/03/2016, 15:04)Adrian Wrote: 6301 at the launch today: https://flic.kr/p/EEMmDQ
They look very smart indeed. Nice shot too.
#13
(01/03/2016, 17:44)Jackamcardle Wrote: Did anyone ask at the launch whether they would be out by the 5th?

They're entering service on Monday 7th March.
#14
Thought the launch in Market Place was very amateurish. Metro Radio chap making cheap jokes at expense of balloon artist (who was doing nothing but making silly/childish gestures back) Seemed more of a private party weighted toward Metro Radio, playing music so loud I couldn't understand/hear costumed lady handing out bags, who had to refer to GNE personnel sitting down away from the "noise", then came back still unaware of date of service commencement, any special promotional fares, or links with Metro for Airport passengers! - None of the male GNE staff seemed interested to help her, or make an effort to get up from distant seat,, to approach me and other members of the public. Other staff in costumes werre larking about to the tones of Metro Radio chap/"DJ?!" Main comment coming over sound system which drowned out any sensible conversation then referred to there were only 18 cups of coffee left (at approx. 2.30pm) - Why not get some more cups?! Plenty of people doing nothing, so someone could have got some paper cups - Summing up Poor effort, Very Amateurish, Bad Planning, Not consumer friendly event.
Only My opinion though!
#15
(01/03/2016, 19:31)Venturego Wrote: Thought the launch in Market Place was very amateurish. Metro Radio chap making cheap jokes at expense of balloon artist (who was doing nothing but making silly gestures) Seemed more of a private party weighted toward Metro Radio, playing music so loud I couldn't understand/hear lady handing out bags, who had to refer to GNE personnel sitting down away from the "noise", then came back still unaware of service commencement, any special promotional fares, or links with Metro for Airport passengers! - Main comment coming over sound system which drowned out any sensible conversation then referred to there were only 18 cups of coffee left (at approx. 2.30pm) - Why not get some more cups?! Plenty of people doing nothing, so someone could have got some paper cups - Summing up Poor effort, Very Amateurish, Bad Planning, Not consumer friendly event.
Only My opinion though!

I hate seeing this at the promotional events. Just provides unnecessary noise pollution. If anything, somebody blaring music at full volume would drive me away.
#16
(01/03/2016, 19:34)R852 PRG Wrote: I hate seeing this at the promotional events. Just provides unnecessary noise pollution. If anything, somebody blaring music at full volume would drive me away.

I was trying to talk to people at the event, even though they were stood right next to me, I couldn't hear them!
#17
(01/03/2016, 19:50)Jimmi Wrote: I was trying to talk to people at the event, even though they were stood right next to me, I couldn't hear them!

I attempted to make a phone call and I couldn't hear the bloody dialling tones!
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#18
Oh, and whatever happened to the "selfie bus" and the stress balls that used to be at the launches?
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#19
(01/03/2016, 19:55)GX03 SVC Wrote: Oh, and whatever happened to the "selfie bus" and the stress balls that used to be at the launches?

Withdrawn from service due to a break down...
#20
I think it is rather good that the staff were making silly gestures (providing they were appropriate) - it would certainly give a happy feel to the whole thing rather than it being all boring and serious making it, in my opinion, less consumer friendly. 

They also do not have an endless supply of drinks. If they run out of drinks because it turns out to be more popular than expected, then thats just how it goes, not as simple as getting some more cups