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Two happy Lumiere-goers with their friendly Go North East driver
Two happy Lumiere-goers with their friendly Go North East driver

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Go North East shines a light on special 10th anniversary edition of Lumiere Durham

Go North East, the region's largest bus company, proudly supported Lumiere Durham on the 10th anniversary of the UK’s largest light festival.

Over the four days, the bus operator safely transported around 40,000 people into Durham city to see the sights and delights of the festival, thanks to a team of almost 50 drivers and supervisors across Park & Ride routes and extended evening buses, in addition to the company’s usual local bus services.

Festival-goers’ enthusiasm was not dampened despite heavy rainfall, with 37 wonderful artworks on display in and around Durham city centre, some of which were spectacular installations from past editions of the festival and others consisted of exciting new works from international artists and fresh talent from the North East.

Managing Director at Go North East, Martijn Gilbert, said: “We’re delighted to have supported Lumiere Durham again. We’ve been involved since it started back in 2009, so it was great to welcome the festival back to the region for the 10th anniversary.

“Our buses provided a great way to move large numbers of people sustainably and affordably for special events like this, with each bus having the potential to take up to 70 cars off the road and with modern buses having the same average emissions as just four cars!

“I’m extremely grateful to our driving and supervisory teams, and colleagues behind the scenes, who worked tirelessly to keep everyone moving throughout the festival.

"We are proud to have Lumiere taking place in our area and it’s great to be a part of it.”

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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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