Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - January 2019
(Yesterday, 17:50)Stanleyone Wrote: Looking at the GNE fleet page, it has ex EYMS 885 (X594 EGK) in open top format acquired. Interesting.

Very interesting seeing as Stagecoach are about to launch open top route along the North Tyne Coast.

Wonder if the 516 could be taken back commercially and become a South Tyne open top route to counteract Stagecoaches move. (wishful thinking I know)
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(Yesterday, 17:50)Stanleyone Wrote: Looking at the GNE fleet page, it has ex EYMS 885 (X594 EGK) in open top format acquired. Interesting.

Its down as being in the new fleet livery aswell according to the fleet disposition.
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(Yesterday, 20:51)Arcticrossy92 Wrote: Its down as being in the new fleet livery aswell according to the fleet disposition.

I wonder if they've converted it back to be a double decker for Scholars then.
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(Yesterday, 22:24)Malarkey Wrote: I wonder if they've converted it back to be a double decker for Scholars then.

If its for a open top service, maybe the brand will be put over the cooperate livery?, sure i read on Twitter, that would be done for future brands.
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(Yesterday, 22:33)Michael Wrote: If its for a open top service, maybe the brand will be put over the cooperate livery?, sure i read on Twitter, that would be done for future brands.

I don't think that such a service would be relegated to just having branding added on-top of the standard RYB fleet livery. It would need to be treated the same as any other branded services that aren't the 9 or 49 imo.


Still in the early stages so could well change my thoughts, but it being labelled as only being in the standard livery suggests that it won't see that much use. Perhaps some special events such as the Great North Run (which EY usually send open tops up for anyway so some cost cutting there) and the odd day in mainstream service when the weather is nice.
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(Yesterday, 23:01)S813 FVK Wrote: I don't think that such a service would be relegated to just having branding added on-top of the standard RYB fleet livery. It would need to be treated the same as any other branded services that aren't the 9 or 49 imo.


Still in the early stages so could well change my thoughts, but it being labelled as only being in the standard livery suggests that it won't see that much use. Perhaps some special events such as the Great North Run (which EY usually send open tops up for anyway so some cost cutting there) and the odd day in mainstream service when the weather is nice.

Don't a couple of the Omnidekkas have a removable roof? 
Would have thought it would have made sense using something from the existing fleet, rather than aquire something from another division. 

Interesting move nonetheless, especially when SNE are working on their own service on North Tyneside. 

I hope last summers weather wasn't a flash in the pan!
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3995 / 3996 did have removeable roofs, however their bodies weren't too good when the roof was removed, so the roofs are left on all the time.

There is some possibilities that they might be converting more in house. But if it's a one bus thing, well they might be looking at introducing open top tours similar to Go South Coast / Southern Vectis.

Examples (some good and some prob bad)
Hexham to Kielder
Hexham to Corbridge via Hadrians Wall
Newcastle - Quayside - Angel of the North
Sunderland to South Shields
Derwent Valley route Metrocentre to Consett (Get to see the Red Kite birds better)
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(17/03/2019, 17:02)Michael Wrote: Not sure if it was ever confirmed but when the new depot opens:

“All of Stanley's OmniCitys will transfer to Gateshead, leaving the Volvo B9 to be allocated to the X70/X71.

The Consett-operated X30 service still needs to be allocated single-decks though, so stay tuned on that one...”

Wonder which single deckers will be allocated to the X30?

I’ve relegated myself away from speculation recently but have come up with some sort of solution to the X30 ‘issue’.

Taking the PVR for the 6/X31 at 9 as it is now and attaching a spare leaves the 4 that would have otherwise remained at Stanley/Consett for the X30 and the ‘misc’ board.

Alongside the Omnicitys, the only other full sized single decks currently allocated to Stanley are Streetlites. From a ‘fleet standardisation’ perspective, would it perhaps make sense to do a swap of 4 Omnicitys for the 4 X66 Streetlites?

I see this as a slightly bizarre but plausable idea, as well as a long term solution. Anything that would just be temporary would seem a bit strange and they may aswell just leave the 4 Omnis where they are until the main replacements are ready.

Maybe it’s just convenient numbers leading me up the garden path. We’ll find out soon enough. Smile
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(Today, 03:12)S813 FVK Wrote: I’ve relegated myself away from speculation recently but have come up with some sort of solution to the X30 ‘issue’.

Taking the PVR for the 6/X31 at 9 as it is now and attaching a spare leaves the 4 that would have otherwise remained at Stanley/Consett for the X30 and the ‘misc’ board.

Alongside the Omnicitys, the only other full sized single decks currently allocated to Stanley are Streetlites. From a ‘fleet standardisation’ perspective, would it perhaps make sense to do a swap of 4 Omnicitys for the 4 X66 Streetlites?

I see this as a slightly bizarre but plausable idea, as well as a long term solution. Anything that would just be temporary would seem a bit strange and they may aswell just leave the 4 Omnis where they are until the main replacements are ready.

Maybe it’s just convenient numbers leading me up the garden path. We’ll find out soon enough. Smile

Maybe, only other bus is Scania L94's or even the duel door B9's.



The changes for 7th April, haven't appeared on the GNE site yet either.
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Re: open topper. Martijn was involved in the introduction of an open topper at Reading Buses, as a private hire/events function. Maybe the same idea has been brought to GNE.
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(5 hours ago)Michael Wrote: Maybe, only other bus is Scania L94's or even the duel door B9's.

The changes for 7th April, haven't appeared on the GNE site yet either.

Indeed. Everything else would have to only be a temporary measure and, as I say, from a mechanical perspective, i would think that it would be easier just to keep the 4 Omnis until then.

Vehicle type that has been with the depot non-stop since 2007 vs. one that has never been based out of that depot before outside of a loan (Solar/Versa - i withdrew the idea of Citaros straight away) is my logic for that one.

In terms of a lack of publication, it is unusual given the changes are now just 2.5 weeks away and the average notification period is 4 weeks. Perhaps they want to avoid advertising two sets of changes at the same time? They will have a plan.
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(4 hours ago)S813 FVK Wrote: In terms of a lack of publication, it is unusual given the changes are now just 2.5 weeks away and the average notification period is 4 weeks. Perhaps they want to avoid advertising two sets of changes at the same time? They will have a plan.

Yep. Recipe for disaster having two sets going at the same time, and given how minor the Stanley/Consett changes are, there's no massive need to get them out prior to the service changes happening in North Tyneside.
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Passed saltmeadows earlier 709 is in  plain black livery 6104 is back and 6000 is in corporate livery
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What does the afternoon 64/95s interwork with on a Wednesday?
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5320 broken down at morrisons jarrow  alpha in attendance
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