Move sees two routes moved over to premium X-lines brand


Bus operator Go North East has announced a £4.5m investment in new buses for its routes between Consett, Gateshead and Newcastle.

They will be used to upgrade the X70 and X71 routes, which are the latest to join the company’s premium X-lines brand, and are instantly recognisable with their striking gold and green colour scheme.

As well as featuring free Wi-Fi, USB and wireless charging, comfy seats and tables on the upper deck, they are also bike-friendly, thanks to a rack on board which can accommodate two bikes, making them perfect integrated, active travel and exploring the Derwent Valley.

The investment in these buses follows on from the introduction of upgraded and new buses on the company X45, X46 and X47 routes, which also run between Consett and Newcastle, as well as last year’s £3.5m investment into a new depot in Consett.

“A lot has changed since we ordered these buses, but we hope this major investment in brand new, low-emission, luxury buses will help transform bus travel in Consett and support the region’s recovery from lockdown in a congestion busting and low carbon way,” said Martijn Gilbert, managing director of Go North East.

Meanwhile the operator has also announced an upgrade for its express X9 and X10 services between Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

These routes will be operated by coaches and the operator says their introduction will improve reliability and will come with USB charging, power sockets, air-conditioning and comfy seating. The vehicles, which are currently being refurbished, have been sourced from fellow Go-Ahead subsidiary Oxford Bus Company where they were latterly used on the X90 service between London and Oxford.

As a result of the length of the coaches, there will be some changes to stopping arrangements in Newcastle city centre to accommodate the coaches but the operator says this move will improve access to leisure facilities.

“These coaches will provide our customers with extra comfort whilst they run fast and direct via the A19,” added Gilbert.

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