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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 The nine Slatyford examples replaced nine B10Ms (20117, 20247/48/50/51/52/67/70/98), all of which were withdrawn with the exception of 20267/70/98 which were transferred to Teesside.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:
|39716||NK09ABZ||NORTH EAST QUEEN|
|39723||NK09EPP||BOBBY THE BUS|
|39724||NK09EGU||TRIXIE THE TRENDY TRANSPORTER|
|39725||NK09EGX||RUSS THE BUS|
|39727||NK09EGV||TOMMY TUCKER THORNEY TRUCKER|
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. April 2017 saw a further similar exchange with 22022 this time swapped for 39706; again this was a short term arrangement with the vehicles returning to their home bases toward the end of the month.
Late April 2017 saw savage cuts across the Newcastle network; one manifestation was the complete withdrawal of Services 15 & 15A, in the process bringing to an end midibus operation from Walkergate depot. Surplus to requirements at Walkergate, 39722-26 were transferred to Slatyford where they (together with a PVR decrease at Slatyford) facilitated the withdrawal of Pointer 2 bodied Dart SLF's 35190-95 for group transfer.
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).
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.