Arriva have brought their Sapphire brand to the north east by launching a route between Darlington and Durham.
Steven Hodgson has sent pictures of the new Wright VDL vehicles in action.
The Sapphire brand has been used successfully elsewhere in the UK and the originally it was intended to launch in the north east in October. Then Minister for Transport, Norman Baker visited Darlington at a pre-launch day but only now have the new vehicles become available.
Arriva's press material is shown below.