Go North East invests in a Wrightbus first
Go North East has invested £5m in new buses from Wrightbus.
As part of the investment, Go North East has taken delivery of the UK’s first 7.7litre, six-cylinder Daimler OM936-engined StreetDeck.
This unique bus is the same engine that is fitted to a Mercedes-Benz Citaro and delivers more power compared to the standard 5.1-litre four-cylinder OM934 engined StreetDecks that the bus company already has in its fleet.
The bus is fitted with Wrightbus’ third generation of ‘Micro-Hybrid’ technology, helping reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. It will be trialled across all of the Go-Ahead-owned company’s interurban X-lines express routes, evaluating suitability and comparing against the native 5.1-litre four-cylinder OM934 engined StreetDecks.
The bus has been recently operating on Go North East’s X-lines X1 route which serves Easington Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, Washington, Gateshead and Newcastle.
Buta Atwal, Wrightbus’ CEO, said: “Wrightbus are once again delighted to have been chosen to supply our vehicles to Go North East.
“These vehicles represent the first vehicles supplied as part of the Bamford Bus Company and we are excited that the new six-cylinder option also represents a new era for Streetdeck and further strengthens our offering providing a new experience for drivers, passengers and operators whilst continuing to offer excellent value for money.”