Posted by: SB Websites | March 5, 2011

05/03/11 News Update

Arriva North East

The intake of new vehicles this year is to be very high and will be of 43 VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2, 12 VDL DB300 / Wright Gemini 2 and 8 Optare Solos. This week saw two vehicles move into the fleet as a source of spare parts being Dennis Dart 1609 N693 GUM which is at Redcar and Dennis Dart / Northern Counites 1628 N474 MUS which is at Jesmond. Volvo B10BLE / Alexander Strider 4535 L209 KEF has already been painted out of its two-tone blue Northumbria livery and is now over red though the reason is currently unknown. Dennis MPD 1772 NK05 GWO has been painted into new livery.

Go North East

DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4988 – R983 FNW has been painted into a similar red livery to last weeks Wright Renown 4910 but instead has Ten10 and Centrelink logos promoting travel to the metrocentre while similar 4863 S863 ONL is still yellow but now with Soccerbus logos. Ex Pink Panther Dennis MPD 504 X504 WRG has been painted green pending application of North Tyne Link branding, Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown 4848 R848 PRG is now red and in Northern livery and Dennis SPD 8292 T438 EBD has had its front repainted red following accident damage. Previously withdrawn Dennis MPD 620 V729 DNL is working for Deptford and Volvo Olympian 3992 P824 SGP is at Chester-le-Street. Refurbishment has now begun on the Fab Fifty Six Scania / Wright Solars with 4935 Y935 ERG, 4936 Y936 ERG and 4937 NK51 OKW currently completed. Further orders have been confirmed of 20 Optare Versas to be delivered in Autumn which should see another batch of Dennis SPDs withdrawn. An intresting demonstration this week is of London General Mercedes Citaro G BD57 WCY which is the second of this batch to be demonstrated this year, showing GNE are interested in acquiring some.

Stagecoach North East

Considerably more Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 have been ordered for South Shields than originally thought with 19 being ordered with delivery scheduled to commence towards the end of March.

Scarlet Band

Optare Solo YJ55 YGO has been painted into a historic livery to celebrate 90 years of Scarlet Band.

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