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The bus was driven in service by Go North East's managing director Martijn Gilbert
The bus was driven in service by Go North East's managing director Martijn Gilbert

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First new registration 70 plate bus hits the road

As the clock ticked over to a new month at 00:01 on Tuesday 1st September, bus operator Go North East put into service what is believed to be the UK’s first 70 plate bus as the new registration mark period started.

The brand-new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double-decker bus, a North British built bus, was driven in service by the company’s managing director Martijn Gilbert on a public journey starting from Jarrow bus station at 00:01, having been taken out to the start of the route on trade plates.

The bus is part for a £4.5m investment in brand new buses to be concentrated in the west of the company’s operations across County Durham and Tyne and Wear and follow year-on-year investment in over 50 low-emission buses, with more due over the coming months including the region’s first latest generation zero emission electric business which will be used between Gateshead and Newcastle.

Martijn Gilbert, managing director of Go North East, said: “We’re proud to have pulled out all the stops working with the vehicle manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited to get this brand-new bus into service at the very start of the new 70 plate registration date.

“As well as enhanced cleaning and routes returning to full levels, we are currently part way through a major upgrade of routes, including fare offers, which touch all parts of our network.

“These buses form an important part of that and offer high quality low-emission travel to help keep our town and cities connected, moving and improve air quality.”

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On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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