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The Go North East uniform is set to change this Easter weekend, with colourful clothes being worn to champion fellow key workers
The Go North East uniform is set to change this Easter weekend, with colourful clothes being worn to champion fellow key workers

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Why your bus driver might be wearing bright, colourful clothing this Easter weekend

This Easter weekend, the North East’s largest bus operator, Go North East is doing things a little differently in an effort to put smiles on people’s faces.

Bus drivers and other colleagues at the company have been encouraged to wear colourful clothes, instead of their usual uniform, to show their support for fellow key workers, allowing them to return the deserved praise they have received.

So, if you are making an essential journey this bank holiday weekend, do not be surprised if you are greeted by a friendly driver dressed from head to toe in vivid colours, all in celebration of key workers.

This adds to other activities including the addition of rainbow posters to most of its buses which have been uniquely designed by Go North East family members, showing support for other key workers.

The company has also co-ordinated ‘Clap for Carers’ activities across its depots each Thursday to show further support and unity for those on the frontline, who play a fundamental role in keeping the region moving.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, most buses will continue to run to emergency timetables catering for key workers and essential travel only, with full details available on the Go North East website.

Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “We hope this light-hearted approach will help make things a little different and special in these uncertain times, whilst also shining a light on key workers across the region.”

To find out more about Go North East and to view emergency timetables, including those over the Easter weekend, visit www.gonortheast.co.uk/coronavirus.

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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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