Coaches replace buses on Go North East routes
Go North East is set to introduce coaches on its X9 and X10 routes, replacing buses. The services run between Middlesbrough and Newcastle via the A19, serving Stockton, Norton, Billingham, Peterlee, Dalton Park, Heworth and Gateshead.
The coaches going on the route will initially be Volvo B9R Caetano Levantes as a temporary measure. They will be replaced by bigger Volvo B11RTs (as depicted in the image) in autumn. The coaches are to feature USB charging, power sockets, air-conditioning and comfortable seating, as well as free wifi. The coaches will also come with a double-door, extra wide, front entrance offering wheelchair and priority seating spaces.
The seven X9 and X10 branded buses are due to be re-branded to run on the operators X-lines X21 service.
The routes will be operated by coaches from 5 September. According to the operator, their introduction should improve reliability. From the same date, there will be some changes to stopping arrangements in Newcastle city centre to accommodate the coaches and improve access to leisure facilities. The services will terminate at the bus stop opposite St Andrew’s Church, near The Gate, rather than serving Eldon Square Bus Station.
Go North East’s MD, Martijn Gilbert, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing this upgrade to our express route between Middlesbrough and Newcastle. These coaches will provide our customers with an extra comfort whilst they run fast and direct via the A19 and will play an important part in delivering congestion busting low carbon travel to help support the economic recovery of the region.”