LAST UPDATED: 9 April 2017

MAN 14.240

39701-39732 NK58A--, NK09---

 

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Seen on Vine Place, Sunderland, shortly after delivery is 39725 NK09EGX, operating Service 23 to Thorney Close.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2009

This batch of 32 Enviro200 Dart bodied MAN 14.240 vehicles were delivered in three stages, shared between South Shields, Slatyford and Sunderland. Fourteen examples, 39701-14, were delivered from new to Stagecoach in South Shields in late February 2009, entering service in March 2009, facilitating the conversion of services 12, 17 & 18 to easyACCESS operation. Nine examples for Slatyford, 39715-23, followed during March 2009, enabling easyACCESS conversion of services 6, 7 & 8. The balance of nine vehicles, 39724-32, were delivered to Sunderland for the easyACCESS conversion of service 23 during March and April 2009.

 

All 32 Enviro200s were delivered to Stagecoach corporate standard with blue interior and individual seats. All of the batch entered service wearing Stagecoach in South Shields, Stagecoach in Newcastle or Stagecoach in Sunderland corporate livery as appropriate, and carry scrolling orange Sentence Case destination displays.

The South Shields arrivals displaced fourteen high floor Darts (32655, 32730/32/33/49/50/51/66/67/94 to reserve/disposal & 32769/74/75/76 to Slatyford). The nine Slatyford examples replaced nine B10Ms (20117, 20247/48/50/51/52/67/70/98), all of which were withdrawn with the exception of 20267/70/98 which were transferred to Teesside. The nine Sunderland arrivals ousted eight vehicles: seven B10Ms (20703/14/16/23/24/26/29) and one Dart (32622). The former Sunderland B10Ms all went to Ensignbus, with the exception of 20703 which was sold to a private buyer. 32622 was ultimately sold for scrap.

During the week of 11th May 2009, there was a temporary swap of 39710 from Slatyford to South Shields, with 39722 moving for the week in the opposite direction.

During September 2009, all 32 members of the batch received names, in a similar style to the Hartlepool examples (see NK58--- batch). The list below summarises vehicle registrations and names applied to the batch:

 

39701 NK58AFJ JOYCE
39702 NK09EDR BADGER
39703 NK58AFO BASIL
39704 NK58AFU WHISLTLESTOP
39705 NK58AFV BROCKA EXPRESS
39706 NK58AFX OZZY
39707 NK58AFY SHIELDS STROLLER
39708 NK58AFZ GR-18
39709 NK58AGO COPPER
39710 NK58AGU FRANKIE
39711 NK58AGV BROCKLEY BUS
39712 NK58AGX RAPID ROADSTER
39713 NK58AGY BERTIE
39714 NK58AGZ GREEN WHEELS
39715 NK58AHA HERCULES
39716 NK09ABZ NORTH EAST QUEEN
39717 NK58AHD COOL RUNNING
39718 NK09EBX MISTY
39719 NK09EBU FAST FRED
39720 NK09EBV SILVER BULLET
39721 NK09EPV SNAZZY
39722 NK09EPU CEDRICK
39723 NK09EPP BOBBY THE BUS
39724 NK09EGU TRIXIE THE TRENDY TRANSPORTER
39725 NK09EGX RUSS THE BUS
39726 NK09EGY THORNDENE EXPRESS
39727 NK09EGV TOMMY TUCKER THORNEY TRUCKER
39728 NK09EGZ RAZZLE DAZZLE
39729 NK09EHB BUMBLEBEE
39730 NK09EWC ZAZA ZOOM
39731 NK09EWD TORNADO
39732 NK09EWB METEORITE

As the first vehicles entered service around the time of transition from '58' to '09' registrations, several of the batch which received '09' plates initially carried '58' plates. 39702 was initially registered NK58AFN but re-registered prior to entering service. Similarly, 39718/19/20 were initially registered NK58AHE/F/G but all were re-registered prior to entering service.

Slatyford's 39722 is pictured operating Service 6 to the Metrocentre, by this time the vehicle was named CEDRIC, having lost it's 'K'.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2011

Only a matter of weeks after gaining names, three of Sunderland's batch were transferred to Slatyford in October, facilitating the conversion of Service 72 to easyACCESS operation. Trixie the Trendy Transporter (39724), Russ The Bus (39725) and - bizarrely from the point of view of the name - Thorndene Express (39726) all became members of the Slatyford fleet, operating for a considerable period retaining Stagecoach in Sunderland names before eventually receiving Stagecoach in Newcastle names. The trio were replaced on Wearside by the arrival of a batch of slightly newer integrated Enviro200 in Sunderland (see NK59--- batch). On Tyneside, 39724-26 assisted in the replacement of a number of elderly high floor Darts (together with other cascades, these three vehicles saw the departure of 32133, 32723/24/52/53/65/69 from Slatyford).

The remaining Sunderland examples did not retain their names for long, all six being removed between January 2010 & April 2010. Around the same time, Slatyford's 39722 lost it's 'k' as CEDRICK became CEDRIC. During early 2013, the South Shields and Slatyford examples were denamed.

Between May 2014 & July 2014 39722 received some front end repairs, which resulted in the vehicle carrying no front fleetnumber for a time.

In March 2015, six of Slatyford's Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.220 midibuses, 39721-26, were transferred to Walkergate to enable the upgrading of Services 15 & 15A. In exchange, Slatyford received six Dart SLFs (34609-14) from Walkergate.

As a result of the arrival of a batch of new Enviro200s for South Shields, MAN 14.220s 39702-39705 and 39706-39709 were transferred to Slatyford and Sunderland, respectively. In turn, these cascades allowed Sunderland's 35155-35158 and Slatyford's 35159-62 to be transferred to Hartlepool in August/September 2015.

September 2015 saw 39710-39714 transferred from South Shields to Hartlepool, replacing further low floor Darts at the depot. In April 2016, 39710 was withdrawn to reserve at Hartlepool with engine problems, replaced in the town by 34562.

Extensive service changes in Sunderland in June 2016 saw a reduction in PVR and the transfer of 39706 to Slatyford and 39707/08 to South Shields.

Following several months in the workshop, 39710 returned to service in Hartlepool in September 2016, replacing Pointer 2 Dart SLF 34561, which was withdrawn. The same month saw 39721 transfer to Slatyford from Walkergate with MAN 18.220 A69 22346 moving in the opposite direction.

29 January 2017 saw a series of further service cuts in Sunderland, reducing the PVR by six (not accounting for the new Service X24, which was introduced from 30 January 2017). As a result, five of Sunderland's remaining examples from the batch transfered to Slatyford in early February 2017, the first pair being 39728/30, followed by 39729/31/32.

After only a few weeks working for Slatyford, 39730 transferred to Walkergate in February 2017, with MAN 18.220 A69 22022 moving in the opposite direction. This was however a short term loan to cover whilst 39724 was VOR, with the pair returning to their respective bases in March 2017.

 

 

Representing the current appearance of the type, 39705 is seen in Newcastle on Service 6, shortly after transfer north of the Tyne.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2015

These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by South Shields, Newcastle (Slatyford and Walkergate), Hartlepool and Sunderland.



 

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