Go North East has invested more than £500,000 in a fleet of brand-new environmentally friendly single deck buses for its rural services in Hexham and West Northumberland.
The buses, built by Optare at their factory in Leeds, feature leather seats with seatbelts and offer free wifi for all customers. The 30-seat buses are able to accommodate a wheelchair and children’s buggies.
Local MP Guy Opperman visited Hexham to see the new buses for himself.
| Left Guy Opperman MP & right Kevin Carr MD |
of Go North East
Mr. Opperman said: “It’s great to see a local bus company investing not just in its city and urban services but in its country buses too. Tynedale Links provides an important service, joining together communities in Allendale, Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Stamfordham and providing essential connections and buses onwards towards the rest of the region.”
Last year Go North East was able to restore an important commuter link lost decades ago with a through bus from Bellingham to Newcastle via Hexham, providing a service for workers and college students from the North Tyne valley.
Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said: “Since 2010, we’ve replaced Hexham’s fleet of buses on our ‘Ten’ service along the Tyne Valley not once but twice. New single deck buses proved so popular that they were replaced with new double deckers. Now our local ‘Tynedale Links’ buses have been replaced with new low carbon emission buses that provide a better customer experience and are good for the environment. Hexham’s bus fleet is now one of the cleanest in the country.”