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Go North East plans to recruit more women drivers, aiming for 50% gender equality by 2035

Go North East plans to recruit more women drivers, aiming for 50% gender equality by 2035

Go North East supports a nationwide campaign to achieve 50% gender equality by 2035 The campaign is a joint effort for parent company, The Go-Ahead Group and all its bus companies The Group plans to invest £8 million to create inclusive environments and training opportunities New recruits will receive eight weeks of fully paid training estimated to be an investment of £7.5 million in total

Britain's biggest-ever bus driver recruitment campaign expands to the North East as region's bus network continues to grow

Britain's biggest-ever bus driver recruitment campaign expands to the North East as region's bus network continues to grow

Go North East, a part of The Go-Ahead Group, has expanded Britain’s biggest-ever recruitment campaign for bus drivers to cover the North East in preparation for further growth in the region’s public transport network.
The company plans to hire up to 200 drivers through its newly created Elite Bus Driver Academy. The successful applicants will operate routes in Gateshead, Durham and Tyne and Wea

Sunderland to Durham bus route set for major upgrade with faster express journeys introduced

Sunderland to Durham bus route set for major upgrade with faster express journeys introduced

From Sunday 28 January 2024, Go North East is making a major upgrade to its Sunderland to Durham bus routes which serve East Herrington, Houghton-le-Spring, and Carrville.
Go North East will introduce a new express route, numbered X20, offering an increase of 50% in the number of buses per hour, and with journey times up to 17% faster than the current routes.
The X20 service, which will be a

Independent poll shows plunging support for bus drivers striking over 10.3% pay offer

Independent poll shows plunging support for bus drivers striking over 10.3% pay offer

73% of the public believe the pay offer made to Unite drivers is fair Only 30% of people support the strike 63% sympathise most with the public impacted by the 12-week strike Only 8% of people say they sympathise most with the driver 50% Blame Unite, 32% Blame GNE, 18% Don’t Know
The travelling public overwhelmingly oppose a 12-week strike by Go North East bus drivers and hold Unite responsi

Go North East bosses dismayed as Unite ‘talks walkout’ creates misery for passengers

Go North East bosses dismayed as Unite ‘talks walkout’ creates misery for passengers

Talks held today, brokered by the reconciliation service ACAS, aimed at resolving the Go North East driver pay dispute that has been ongoing for weeks ended in huge disappointment as Unite staged a walkout after four hours.
Unite demanded pay rises every six months in return for calling off their strike before refusing to continue talks. The stunt dashes hopes that unions were willing to reach

Go North East maintains vital services as Unite lobby members to observe 12 week strike

Go North East maintains vital services as Unite lobby members to observe 12 week strike

Despite the challenges posed by a Unite strike involving drivers, Go North East is working closely with local authorities and transport bodies to ensure children can get to school and nurses can get to hospitals.
The region’s largest bus operator has confirmed that more than 80 buses will operate this week covering vital school, hospital and works services.
Services that will run include sch

Drivers reject deal to make them the highest paid in the region and opt for a 12-week bus strike

Drivers reject deal to make them the highest paid in the region and opt for a 12-week bus strike

Drivers at Go North East have turned down a landmark offer that would have made them the best-paid bus drivers in the region. Instead, Union members will start a 12-week strike from Saturday, 28 October.
The proposed deal would have increased hourly rates for drivers to £14.15. For drivers working a standard week annual pay would have risen by almost £2,700 yearly, meaning a 10.3% boost to pay.

Go North East bus drivers set to become highest paid in the region as bosses move to avert strike action

Go North East bus drivers set to become highest paid in the region as bosses move to avert strike action

Go North East, the region’s largest bus operator, has reached a breakthrough in talks with union representatives. This would propel its drivers to the top of the regional pay league and avert a looming 12-week strike scheduled to begin on Saturday, 28 October.
Under the landmark offer hourly rates for drivers will reach £14.15. This boosts pay for drivers working a standard week by almost £2,70

LOCAL TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVES AT GO NORTH EAST IN U-TURN FROM PAY AGREEMENT TO ALL-OUT STRIKE

LOCAL TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVES AT GO NORTH EAST IN U-TURN FROM PAY AGREEMENT TO ALL-OUT STRIKE

Local Unite Representatives at Go North East have walked away from a settlement they themselves proposed to end the long-running pay dispute and will now take indefinite strike action.
On Tuesday, union representatives put forward a resolution that would see over 1,000 workers receive an inflation-busting 10% no strings attached pay rise, backdated to 1 July 2023, plus a guarantee of an ‘infla

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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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