Thursday 9 August 2012

New Vehicle Order for Go North East

Bus passengers in Hexham and Prudhoe are set to benefit from a fleet of brand-new buses.

Go North East, the region’s largest bus company, is investing almost £2.6 million in thirteen brand-new double-deck buses for its popular service TEN between Hexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield, Prudhoe, Metrocentre and Newcastle.

Features on the vehicles will include free wifi and 240v sockets for laptops and mobile phones, comfortable hi-backed coach-style seating and buggy and wheelchair bays.
 Current vehicles used on the Ten are a fleet of Mercedes Citaros,
 which will be cascaded elsewhere within Go North East
when the new vehicles are delivered

 Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said: “These new state-of-the-art buses will see a dramatic increase in seating capacity being provided on this popular route and is a sign of our commitment to providing a quality service.”

The new buses are expected to arrive early in the new year.

Focus Comment. Another positive
message reinforcing the fact that
bus passengers in the north East
are being well served by this
major operator. Go North East have invested heavily each year in new vehicles and achieve excellent satisfaction ratings from
their customers. 
The Hexham depot was taken over by Go North East from Arriva as part of the depot and route swap approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Later the Competition Commission tried to claim that this was a bad thing to have happened and accused Go North East and Arriva of collusion.
If you were to ask passengers what they think of their Hexham routes they will say that their fares are competitively priced, with daily, weekly and monthly tickets on sale and that the buses serving the route are modern, clean and on time. The fact that new double deckers are required to create more capacity is evidence of success and yet again proves that the proposals by Nexus and the ITA to take over such routes is misguided.