LAST UPDATED: 24 September 2016
MAN 18.220 A69
Seen on Grainger Street operating Service 22 before conversion of the service to double deck operation is 22344, complete with scrolling Sentence Case display.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2008
These eight vehicles were delivered new to
Walkergate in December 2005, joining 5 cascaded 54-registered examples from Slatyford
to facilitate conversion of Service 22 to easyACCESS. They carry Alexander Dennis ALX300 bodies and are identical to the earlier 2004 MAN/ALX300 combinations (B42F configuration), and were delivered with the Stagecoach
corporate blue interior and individual seating, wearing Stagecoach in Newcastle
livery. They entered service with uppercase orange digital destination displays.
Registrations of the batch are as follows:
Their arrival at Walkergate allowed the withdrawal of the last two remaining Leyland Olympians in Newcastle along with six Volvo Olympians.
In spring/summer 2007, the batch had their blinds reprogrammed to display scrolling Sentence Case text and 22341/42 received pants Megarider Mega-rears. 22341/42 lost their Megarider Mega-rears in Spring 2011 and Spring 2009, respectively.
These vehicles retained their
original allocations to Walkergate until August 2013, when 22346-48 were transferred to Slatyford in exchange for Enviro400 deckers 19163/93/95. Prior to this, the only movement of the batch had been a three month loan of 22341 to Slatyford from March 2013.
September 2016 saw 22346 return to Walkergate, in exchange for MAN 14.240 A66 39721 which moved to Slatyford.
These vehicles are currently operated by Newcastle (Walkergate and Slatyford).