Stagecoach North East: Latest News & Discussion - June 2018
#21
(13/06/2018, 11:02)RBZ 5459 Wrote: Parts recovery, after 17643's engine went pop. Was sold out of the group to Ferrymill Motors back in March, so back for spares/engine donation in a topsey-turvey Stagecoach way. With Exhibition of the North soon they need the Tridents ship-shape to cover the increased PVR.

Information about the new City Sightseeing Ouseburn Valley 'blue route', in partnership with The Great Exhibition of The North, is now available on the Stagecoach website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and...egateshead

The normal CS1 'red route' remains unchanged.
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#22
(13/06/2018, 00:47)S830OFT Wrote: Sampled the 19:24 X24 from Sunderland to Newcastle, another Gas Bus (No Suprise) those omnilinks are never in service to be honest. At first it was just me and a lady who alighted just after The Broadway. Then a man boards and we hit the A19, another example of Low passenger usage on this service. As such there is now the 15:22 and 19:24 from Sunderland which pretty much carry fresh air, this is pretty worrying for the continuation of this service as it only ever gets high passenger numbers on a Saturday by the looks of it.

Has anyone else been observing the X24 as most passengers on Chester Road only use it for several stops or to the town, it seems to just come as extra transport alongside the 8 and 16.

I can not see this service surviving Monday to Friday on it's current timetable as the times are ridiculous and the loading of the service are ridiculous.

I use it at various different times, and I personally think it probably does enough on Monday to Friday to survive. 
Any time after lunch going out of Newcastle there's a fair few seem to get on it.  When I've been on the 2.35pm or 3.45pm for example, it's been quite full, so I think it does get passengers outside of the morning/evening peak.   Same with mid-morning journeys from Sunderland to Newcastle.
It does seem that going towards Newcastle in the afternoon it does not seem to get very many passengers apart from ones who just use it as a local service in Sunderland.  However, introducing the X24A has probably helped as that gets workers boarding which otherwise wouldn't have if it just went via the regular X24 route.  I'd say an average of 7-8 people board at Doxford.
#23
(15/06/2018, 17:18)big mac Wrote: I use it at various different times, and I personally think it probably does enough on Monday to Friday to survive. 
Any time after lunch going out of Newcastle there's a fair few seem to get on it.  When I've been on the 2.35pm or 3.45pm for example, it's been quite full, so I think it does get passengers outside of the morning/evening peak.   Same with mid-morning journeys from Sunderland to Newcastle.
It does seem that going towards Newcastle in the afternoon it does not seem to get very many passengers apart from ones who just use it as a local service in Sunderland.  However, introducing the X24A has probably helped as that gets workers boarding which otherwise wouldn't have if it just went via the regular X24 route.  I'd say an average of 7-8 people board at Doxford.

Plus you've got to remember there will be a canny few hopping on at Newcastle to return to Sunderland later on. Always packed from 3pm onwards to the last one. Also noticed a few people get on at Gateshead High Street tonight going to Newcastle.
#24
Which Kinetics are in service now?
I've lost count of which ones are and which ones are off now!
#25
(19/06/2018, 00:09)S830OFT Wrote: Which Kinetics are in service now?
I've lost count of which ones are and which ones are off now!

22515 I see certainly working at Stockton as I saw it multiple times on the 13 on Saturday.
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#26
(19/06/2018, 00:09)S830OFT Wrote: Which Kinetics are in service now?
I've lost count of which ones are and which ones are off now!

In theory all but 22509.

22511 is a bit of a yo-yo in and out of the workshops and 22514 seems to have not had a good start at Stockton, though it always seemed one of the more reliable ones at Slatyford.  The rest are in pretty regular service.
#27
39727 now at Newcastle on the 7 today.
This must be the reason behind 34605 has been in full service the last few days.
#28
22063 is currently at Sunderland for repaint
Theres also a E400 sanded down in Sunderland awaiting repaint but couldn't make out the last number its from the 1920* batch
#29
(22/06/2018, 18:09)S830OFT Wrote: 39727 now at Newcastle on the 7 today.
This must be the reason behind 34605 has been in full service the last few days.

39709 is now on fleet at Sunderland, no longer reserve on paper.
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#30
They should send 39709 to shields allowing 35188 to come to Sunderland replacing 34605.
#31
Sunderland must be short of drivers, as the 16 i'm on, the ticket inspector is driving.
#32
(29/06/2018, 16:09)S830OFT Wrote: They should send 39709 to shields allowing 35188 to come to Sunderland replacing 34605.

But what would replace 39709 at Sunderland?
#33
(30/06/2018, 10:07)Dans_bus_photos Wrote: But what would replace 39709 at Sunderland?

35188 from Shields would replace it and 34605 as 34605 only gets used once or twice a month tbh
#34
Just for info

19443 is getting transferred to South Shields tomorrow and 19434 is going to Slatyford tomorrow
#35
What will 19443 get allocated to at South Shields because I thought all X34 vehicles needed were already there when 2 got withdrawn this year?
#36
(01/07/2018, 01:22)JM03 Wrote: What will 19443 get allocated to at South Shields because I thought all X34 vehicles needed were already there when 2 got withdrawn this year?

Same thing as 19205 last year. PVR increase on the E buses.