LAST UPDATED: 30 June 2017
MAN 18.220 A69
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These 22 MAN easyACCESS single deck vehicles
were delivered from new in 2004 as 22061-82, and followed the delivery of 41
earlier examples in 2003. They are
identical to the 2003 examples with B42F configuration, though following the demise of Transbus carry Alexander Dennis ALX300 bodies. Like the previous year's deliveries, the batch were delivered with the Stagecoach corporate blue interior and
individual seating and entered service with uppercase yellow digital
The registrations of the batch are as follows:
September 2004 saw the first six, 22061-22066, delivered to Teesside; the first significant new vehicle delivery for the depot in several years. 22061/63-66 were branded for Service 37, while 22062 remained as the unbranded spare, carrying a Mega-rear advertisement for the Megarider travelticket.
22061-22066 were followed toward the end of September 2004 by 22067-71, which were delivered to Newcastle (Slatyford), all branded for MetroCentre Shuttle Service 100. Their arrival in Newcastle freed up 22451/2/4/5/6, which were cascaded to Teesside. The arrival of these cascaded MANs on Teesside, combined with 22061-66, saw the withdrawal of several Lynx and Scania saloons from Stockton depot.
In October 2004, the delivery was completed with the final 11 vehicles, 22072-82, arriving at Sunderland. These vehicles allowed the conversion of Services 15 & 16 to easyACCESS operation and Service 16 further to a Superoute. Their arrival signalled the end of the B10M in the City, for a while at least, with the last remaining examples (20101-06/15, 20837/38/44) cascaded to Teesside. These vehicles saw further Scania saloons and Lynx withdrawn at Stockton.
Operating Service 13 bound for Doxford Park is Sunderland's 22073, effectively illustrating the Superoute megarear advertising.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2009
On arrival in Sunderland, 22072 received a Mega-rear advertisement for the Dayrider ticket and 22073 received a Mega-rear advertising the Tyne & Wear Superoute network. 22072 lost its' Dayrider Mega-rear in May 2009 while 22073 lost its Superoute Mega-rear more recently when?.
The arrival of five new Enviro300s at Slatyford for MetroCentre Shuttle Service 100 saw the transfer of 22067-71 to Walkergate in September 2005, with their 100 branding having been removed in the preceding weeks.
All of the batch had their blinds reprogrammed to display Sentence Case text during 2007.
Between December 2009 and October 2010, 22061-64/66 received revised Service 37 branding, while 22065 became the unbranded spare. In July 2012, 22064 was debranded; due to persistent mechanical failures this vehicle was relegated to shorter local runs.
Ilustrating the revised Service 37 branding is Teesside based 22063, pictured in Middlesbrough, though not operating the service for which it carries branding!
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2012
July 2011 saw 22067/70/71 transferred from Walkergate to South Shields, followed in August 2011 by 22068/69. These five MANs were released by the arrival of the Enviro400H's at Walkergate, and led to the withdrawal of most of the remaining B10BLEs in South Shields. Autumn 2012 saw 22067-69/71 receive orange scrolling LED destination displays, donated by the withdrawn B10BLEs. Between October 2012 and February 2013, 22070 also received an orange scrolling LED destination display.
Due to the need for increased capacity on Service X34, 22068/69/71 were transferred to Slatyford in November 2013, with South Shields receiving in return the depot's first Enviro400s, 19194/96/97.
In February 2014, Teesside's 22066 received a repaint which saw the vehicle lose its branding for Service 37. 22061 was similarly treated in April 2014, 22063 in June 2014 and 22062 in July 2014, seeing the eradication of the branding from the fleet.
Following the arrival of the second batch of gas buses at Sunderland, 22072-78 transferred from Sunderland to Slatyford in June/early July 2014, replacing 22473-77 from the T4--BNL batch, which transferred to Teesside.
During February 2015, Teesside's 22063 and South Shields' 22067 were two of several MAN 18.220 A69's loaned to Slatyford in an attempt to overcome delays caused by major traffic works at Cowgate.
Following extensive service changes in Sunderland in June 2016, 22079-82 were transferred to Slatyford. The same month saw MAN 14.240 A66 39707/08 transfer to South Shields, in turn releasing 22067/70 to Slatyford (though 22067 is currently undergoing major repairs at South Shields, prior to transfer).
Late April 2017 saw extensive cuts across the Newcastle network, one effect of which was to reduce the peak vehicle requirement at Slatyford by six vehicles. Four vehicles from this batch, 22072/73/75/76, were withdrawn as a result - perhaps surprisingly given older examples remain in service both at Slatyford and elsewhere in the North East.
Late May 2017 saw 22078 withdrawn from service at Slatyford, followed in early June by 22077/79. All three have subsequently been sold to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire. The only replacements at Slatyford were the return to service of Enviro300 22574 and Dart 35194. Later in June 2017, 22071 was withdrawn from service at Slatyford, replaced by 22346 which transferred across from Walkergate.
These vehicles are currently operated in the North East by Teesside and Newcastle (Slatyford).