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2 May 2021
There were no repaints last week.
Wright StreetDeck demonstrator, fleet number 9119 (SN64 CTU), has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Washington, while further warranty work is carried out on the Wright StreetDeck fleet.
Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM VS30 Cityline 729 (NK69 FAA) has transferred from Riverside Depot to Hexham, so Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 669 (NK16 BXL) has transferred to Chester-le-Street. It joins Optare Solo SR M900/Optare 721 (KY63 VTL), which transferred a couple of weeks ago, to operate an additional scholars duplicate board on behalf of Arriva.
Further buses have been acquired from Dawson Rentals. These are Optare Versa V1170/Optare 5507 (YJ62 FFB) and 5508 (YJ62 FLD), the former of which was in the fleet previously on loan from Optare as 9133. Additionally on loan from Dawson Rentals is Dennis Dart SLF 4/ADL Enviro 200 9052 (KX58 BGY).
Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante 2 coaches 7129 (BX16 CKO) and 7131 (BX16 CLO) have both been sold to Dawson Rentals.
25 April 2021
Repaints last week included Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 681 (NK66 CWW) into a two-tone pink base livery for the new “Little Pinks” brand, Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 654 (NK15 GDF) into a two-tone purple base livery, which will be used as the new local Peterlee brand in the future, and Optare Solo SR M900SL/Optare 723 (YD63 UZC) into Voyager livery.
Optare Solo SR M900SL/Optare 723 (YD63 UZC) has returned to service at Washington, in a float/reserve capacity.
Yutong ZK6126HGA/Yutong CB12 5500 (YD70 CDZ), Volvo B11RT/Plaxton Elitei 7156 (X10 XLS) and ADL Dart SLF 5/ADL Enviro 200MMC 9053 (YX21 RPO) have all entered service at Riverside.
Former Metrobus Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 561 (YN08 OAS) and 562 (YN58 BNA), now numbered 5505 and 5506 respectively, have entered service at Percy Main.
Wright StreetDeck demonstrator, fleet number 9119 (SN64 CTU), has transferred from Washington Depot to Chester-le-Street, while warranty work is carried out on the “Angel” branded Wright StreetDecks.
18 April 2021
Repaints last week included Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 690 (NK66 CXF) into a two-tone pink base livery for the new “Little Pinks” brand.
Further fleet re-allocations, as a continuation of those from last week, have taken place.
Former East Yorkshire Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 2 369 (YX10 EYU), now numbered 5501, has entered service at Deptford.
Go North East has lost the contract to operate the SNS service between Sunderland and the Nightingale Hospital, with this service being awarded to Gateshead Central Taxis instead. As such, the three “SunderlandShuttle” branded Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro - 5334 (BJ10 VUU), 5335 (BJ10 VUV) and 5336 (BJ10 VUW) – have returned to service at Deptford. Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5485 (HW07 CXV) has consequently been withdrawn from service, having incurred defects uneconomical to repair.
Former Go-Ahead London Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President PVL390 (LX54 HAA) and PVL391 (LX54 HAE), now numbered 6942 and 6943 respectively, have entered service at Chester-le-Street. Volvo B11RT/Caetano Levante 2 coach 7128 (BX16 CKL) has consequently transferred to Riverside to provide extra spare coverage for services X9/X10.
Scania CN94UB/Scania OmniCity 6513 (YP52 CTO) and Scania N94UB/East Lancs Esteem 6615 (YN06 JXZ) from the Metrobus fleet, allocated temporary fleet numbers 9054 and 9055 respectively, have entered service at Percy Main.
Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM VS30 Cityline 730 (NK69 FAF) has transferred from Riverside to Hexham, with Optare Solo SR M900/Optare 721 (KY63 VTL) having transferred to Chester-le-Street to operate an additional scholars duplicate board on behalf of Arriva. Similar Optare Solo SR M900SL/Optare 723 (YD63 UZC) has been taken out of service from Riverside.
Open-top format Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs 3997 (897 EYX), 3998 (794 EYD) and 3999 (574 CPT) have all returned to service at Percy Main for the summer season on the Toon Tour.
ADL Dart SLF 5/ADL Enviro 200MMC 9053 (YX21 RPO) has arrived on loan from ADL.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 4964 (NL52 WVV) has been withdrawn from service having sustained defects which are uneconomical to repair. Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5236 (NK56 KHD) has therefore returned to service within the Driver Training fleet.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5208 (NK54 NVC) and 5219 (NK54 NVP) have been sold to Davies Motors, Ruthin.
11 April 2021
Repaints last week included Optare Solo SR M925/Optare 689 (NK66 CXE) into a two-tone pink base livery for the new “Little Pinks” brand, Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5367 (BX63 BDU) into a two-tone pink and blue base livery for the new “Connections4” brand, Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5328 (BJ10 VUN) and 5332 (BJ10 VUS) into X-lines X20 livery, and Scania N270UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 9066 (YN57 FYF) into Voyager livery, now re-numbered 6173.
The next stage of the government roadmap to recovery out of the current pandemic sees the re-opening of non-essential retail, gyms, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries and outdoor ttractions. As such, Go North East will return to almost full pre-Covid timetable levels, with re-allocations required as a result.
Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5328 (BJ10 VUN), 5330 (BJ10 VUP), 5331 (BJ10 VUR), 5332 (BJ10 VUS) and 5333 (BJ10 VUT) have returned to service at Deptford following repaint into X-lines livery for service X20. This has displaced Optare Versa V1110/Optare 8296 (NK09 FUU), 8297 (NK09 FUV), 8298 (NK09 FUW), 8299 (NK09 FUY), 8300 (NK09 FVA) and 8304 (NK09 FVE) back to Chester-le-Street. 5329 (BJ10 VUO) is still off service for engine repairs and has not yet been repainted.
The former Lothian Buses Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs SN57 DFJ/DFP/DFU/DFV/DFX/DFY on loan from Ensign Bus Company, which have been numbered 9056 to 9061, have now entered service at Consett, displacing Volvo B7TLs 6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914 and 6915 (LX06 EBM/EBN/EBO/EBP/EBU/EBV) to Riverside, then 6926 and 6929 (LX54 GZD/GZT) to Percy Main and 6930, 6931, 6932, 6933 (LX54 GZU/GZV/GZW/GZY) to Chester-le-Street.
Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5239 (NK56 KHG), 5240 (NK56 KHH), 5241 (NK56 KHJ), 5242 (NK56 KHL) and 5253 (NK56 KHZ) have transferred from Percy Main to Riverside, and consequently released are Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6132 (YN04 GJF) and Optare Versa V1110/Optare 8325 (NK11 FXH) to Chester-le-Street, with Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6134 and 6135 (YN04 GJU/GJV) to Percy Main. Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5249 (NK56 KHV) has also transferred to Riverside from Percy Main, in a float/reserve capacity.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6099 (NL63 YJC) has transferred from Riverside Depot to Washington, acting as the spare vehicle for “X-lines” service X1 with Wright StreetDeck/Wright StreetDeck Micro-Hybrid 3 6376 (NK70 BYU) required to stay at Consett to form part of the PVR of the “X-lines” network there (due to the transfer of the Red Kite branded Volvo B9s). Wright StreetDeck 6301 (NK16 BXA), 6302 (NK16 BXB) and 6303 (NK16 BXC) have also transferred from Chester-le-Street to Consett to act as spare vehicles for these services, displacing ADL Trident 2/ADL Enviro 400MMC 6337 (YY64 GWX) back to Hexham. Consett have also returned Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid 5400 (NK15 ENN) to Chester-le-Street.
Withdrawn in March 2020 due to contract loss, Optare Solo M710SE/Optare 709 (WK58 EAJ) has been reinstated at Washington for use on the staff shuttle service, displacing Optare Solo SR M900/Optare 639 (NK12 HCF) to Deptford. Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5250 (NK56 KHW) has also transferred to Washington from Percy Main, allowing Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5292 (NK08 CGO) to transfer back to Deptford. 5264 (NK56 KJZ) has also transferred from Percy Main to Washington, in a float/reserve capacity while repaints are carried out on the fleet at Washington.
Former East Yorkshire Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban 2 370 (YX10 EYV) and 372 (YX10 EYY), now numbered 5502 and 5504 respectively, have entered service at Deptford. They have been joined by 369 (YX10 EYU), now numbered 5501, which is undergoing preparation for service. Wright Streetlite DF/Wright Streetlite Max Micro-Hybrid demonstrator 9062 (SK68 TXO) has entered service at Deptford and is covering for the fourth and final example which has still yet to be transferred into the fleet.
Volvo B11RT/Plaxton Elitei 7156 (X10 XLS) has still yet to enter service at Riverside, so Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante 7111 (N21 GNE) has transferred from Deptford Depot to Riverside to provide cover until it is ready.
East Yorkshire loan Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 671 (YY52 LCL), allocated temporary fleet number 9063 within Go North East’s fleet, has now entered service at Consett. Similar 674 (YY52 LCO), numbered 9064 in Go North East’s fleet, has returned to East Yorkshire. It did not see use in the fleet here.
Following the end of the road closure on the A694 near Ebchester which saw buses being diverted away from this area, with a shuttle bus (which requires the use of a small vehicle) provided, Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM VS30 Cityline 729 (NK69 FAA) and 730 (NK69 FAF) have transferred from Consett to Riverside and Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 636 (NK61 FXD) has returned to Hexham. Optare Solo SR M900SL/Optare 723 (YD63 UZC) is still in service currently but is expected to be taken out of service soon.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 4964 (NL52 WVV) and 4965 (NL52 WVW) have been reinstated within the Driver Training fleet due to an increase in recruitment.
Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6128 (GX03 SVC) and Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 6935 (X508 EGK) have both been sold for scrap to Alpha Recovery, Weetslade.
4 April 2021
Repaints last week included Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5365 (BX63 BDF) into a two-tone pink and blue base livery for the new “Connections4” brand and Mercedes Citaro 0350N/Mercedes Citaro 5330 (BJ10 VUP) and 5333 (BJ10 VUT) into X-lines X20 livery.
Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6099 (NL63 YJC) has transferred from Deptford Depot to Riverside, and Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniDekka 6135 (YN04 GJV) has transferred from Washington Depot to Riverside.
- For information on the East Yorkshire fleet, please see the East Yorkshire website.