LAST UPDATED: 28 October 2017
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. Seen on Grainger Street operating Service 10 to West Denton Park is recent returnee to Slatyford - 22346, NK55AJY. Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot These vehicles are currently operated by Newcastle (Walkergate and Slatyford).
September 2016 saw 22346 return to Walkergate, in exchange for MAN 14.240 A66 39721 which moved to Slatyford.
Late April 2017 saw extensive cuts across the Newcastle network, one effect of which was to reduce the peak vehicle requirement at Walkergate by nine vehicles. As a result, 22345 was left surplus to requirements at Walkergate and transferred to Slatyford. June 2017 saw 22346 also transfer, without replacement, to Slatyford, where it ousted 22071.
Walkergate's 22344 transferred to Slatyford in October 2017 - to date there has been no replacement at Walkergate, though at Slatyford this vehicle will nominally replace the last Pointer 2 bodied Dart, 35195.
Seen on Grainger Street operating Service 10 to West Denton Park is recent returnee to Slatyford - 22346, NK55AJY.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot
These vehicles are currently operated by Newcastle (Walkergate and Slatyford).