Go North East have a large depot situated close to the town centre and bus change-overs frequently take place during the day.
The batch of V registered Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL's displaced from London, travel through the town where they are used on the twenty mile long trunk route 21 between Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham, where they seem to be suited to the intensively operated 'Angel' branded service. A small number of the batch have been painted in a blue colour scheme for the X21 which, as the name would suggest, is a limited stop version of the service. It goes on, beyond Durham to Bishop Auckland, a total distance of 30 miles. There is another branch of this 'Pronto' service using the same blue liveried B7TL's which feeds in from Sunderland to Durham and thence to Bishop Auckland combining to give a 30 minute interval service between Durham and Bishop Auckland.
As well as the 21 and X21 trunk services, Chester-le-Street is a hub for many other Go North East services which terminate or pass through the town and just 30 minutes spent observing the bus scene can provide an interesting selection of bus types and liveries.
|V325 LGC one of the numerous Plaxton President B7TL's used on the 21 trunk route that travels through Chester le Street|
|The B7TL's are also used on the limited stop X21 service and here we see V334 LGC approaching the main bus stop in the town centre, whilst DAF SB220 Plaxton Prestige picks up passengers on the 34 service.|