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Go North East leading the way on electric buses
Go North East leading the way on electric buses

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Go North East leading the way on electric buses

Go North East, already home to the largest electric bus fleet in the region, has announced plans to further expand its number of zero-emission vehicles. This significant development has been made possible through a successful partnership with Transport North East, securing £5.7 million of government funding.

Transport North East is among the 25 local transport authorities in England awarded funding from the UK Government’s ZEBRA-2 (Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas) scheme. This scheme provides funding to cover the additional costs associated with transitioning to new zero-emission vehicles and the necessary charging infrastructure.

The funding will add 11 more battery-electric vehicles by 2026, bringing the total number to 47. These additional buses will cover services 58 and X66, operating from its Gateshead Riverside depot alongside 18 electric vehicles already being used on Voltra services 53, 54, and the Q3.

This expansion builds upon Go North East's established reputation as a leader in delivering cleaner and greener transport solutions. Having introduced the region's first full-battery electric buses back in November 2020 with its ground-breaking Voltra fleet, the company continues to set the benchmark for sustainability in the transportation sector.

Nigel Featham, Managing Director for Go North East, explains: “This investment marks another significant step towards our commitment to a greener fleet. With each electric bus we deploy, we reduce annual carbon emissions on average by 60 tonnes. With 47 of them in operation, we’ll be making a big contribution to helping the environment and improving air quality for communities across our region. We are proud to lead the way in sustainable transport and remain dedicated to creating a cleaner, healthier environment for all.”

Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East said: “We’re delighted with the outcome which sees us, in collaboration with Go North East and other operators, secure £7.4m worth of ZEBRA-2 funding to deliver a total of 43 zero-emission buses for communities in the North East. This is a huge boost to our plans for creating a greener and healthier environment for people across the region.”

ZEBRA-2 will see 201 zero-emission buses delivered across Go-Ahead’s UK regional bus companies. Go-Ahead will invest £62 million, adding to the £44 million from the government and £6 million from local authorities.

This continued investment supports the company’s plans to achieve a fully decarbonised bus fleet by 2035.



  • The North East was one of 25 areas in England to win funding – ZEBRA-2 will see £142,800,000 invested across England for 955 new zero-emission buses and associated infrastructure.
  • Seven of Go North East’s new electric buses will operate on service 58 and the other 4 on service X66.

Go North East runs a network of bus routes across the North East region including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, and surrounding areas.

The Go-Ahead Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of public transport, enabling more than a billion passenger journeys each year on its bus and rail services. Go-Ahead places great importance on partnership, adopting a collaborative approach with governments, local communities and strategic partners; developing and operating services that create long-term value for all.

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Press and media contacts:

Ben Maxfield

Business Director, Go North East

Telephone: 07890 436531



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.

Go North East
117 Queen Street
NE8 2UA Gateshead