Posted by: SB Websites | February 16, 2013

16/02/13 News Update

Arriva North East

Dennis Dart / Alexander Dash 1675 P616 PGP has now been withdrawn from service. Recent movements in Northumberland include Ashington gaining VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar’s 1480 NK61 CYT, 1481 NK61 CYU and 1483 NK61 CYW while in place Jesmond have received Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown 4515 V415 DFT and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400’s 7516 NK09 FNC and 7517 NK09 FND.

Go North East

New Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini 2’s delivered for service 10 are 6071 NK62 FAA, 6072 NK62 FBA, 6073 NK62 FCC, 6074 NK62 FDM, 6075 NK62 FDN, 6076 NK62 FEU, 6077 NK62 FGJ, 6078 NK62 FHE, 6079 NK62 FHY and 6080 NK62 FJE while a further three remain outstanding. These will soon displace the existing Mercedes Citaro’s onto Crusader service 27 where existing Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown 4943 R843 PRG has been debranded. Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine II 3826 S812 FVK is a further repaint into revised Yellow Bus livery while Scania L94UB / Wright Solar 4944 NK51 OLH has been repainted into Northern livery. DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4824 P824 AFT has returned to service at Winlaton along with Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties 3910 R553 LGH which has returned to service at Stanley. DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige 4825 P325 AFT has transferred to Winlaton with Dennis SPD 8219 V219 ERG moving in place to Washington and Dennis MPD 513 X513 WRG has transferred to Consett.  Many Northern liveried vehicles have now received 1913 – 2013 slogans celebrating 100 years of the company.

Stagecoach North East

MAN 18.220  / Alexander Dennis ALX300 22049 NK53 KFT has been repainted into standard livery. Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 27506 NK05 JXE has been repainted into a simplified version of Stagecoach livery without orange swirls, it is currently unknown what this is for but is expected to receive a new Metrocentre style livery.

Coastal and Country Coaches

Acquired is Leyland Olympian / Alexander RH J348 BSH which has been repainted into yellow, red and blue for use on the Whitby tour.

Compass Royston

Acquired is Volvo B10M / Plaxton Premiere P316 RGS.

Gateshead Central Taxis

Acquired is Volkswagen Transport YX06 CUO.

Henry Cooper

New Volvo B9R / Plaxton Panther 754 GHO has now entered service as illustrated below.

754 GHO

754 GHO(2)

Photos Thanks to Joe Burns

The Eden

Acquired is Mercedes Vario / Plaxton Beaver S294 UAL while Dennis MPD V732 DNL has been sold to City Sprinter.

Tyne Valley Coaches

Acquired is Optare Solo W247 PAU.

Weardale Motor Services

Acquired is ex demonstrator Fiat Bluebird YX61 BFO.



  1. I asked an Arriva driver today and the Man Ecocity Gas busses are gonna hit the roads of Darlington in Mid March to Mid April

    • Thanks for the news Josh, they should be delivered to Darlington within the next month as the majority of the Arriva Merseyside batch for Runcorn have now been delivered.


  2. Man ecocity gas buses have started to arrive darlington depot. 4 of them were in faverdale yard yesterday afternoon

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