LAST UPDATED: 1 October 2017
ALEXANDER DENNIS ENVIRO400
Illustrating the number 1 branding applied to several of this batch, 19431 is pictured operating Service 1 on Grainger Street, wearing the 'Eastend Boys' version.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2011
This batch of 17 Enviro400 integrated design easyACCESS deckers were delivered to Walkergate for the easyACCESS conversion of Service 1. The batch were delivered with the complete blue Stagecoach corporate interiors, including individual seating with blue Stagecoach moquette, and Sentence Case orange scrolling destination displays.
The complete batch entered service in December 2008 - January 2009 and are registered as follows:
The arrival of the batch in Newcastle saw 16 Volvo Olympians (16712-18/21-24/25-29) withdrawn from service at Walkergate. The 17th vehicle replaced, 16730, was already withdrawn due to engine problems.
19432 is seen operating a 'short' Service 1 to Buddle Road, wearing the 'Westend Girls' version of the Number 1 branding.
Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2011
The first 12 members of the batch received dedicated branding for the number 1 as follows:
19430 Number 1 for Westend Girls
19431 Number 1 for Eastend Boys
19432 Number 1 for Westend Girls
19433 Number 1 for Students
19434 Number 1 for Eastend Boys
19435 Number 1 for Students
19436 Number 1 for Westend Girls
19437 Number 1 for Students
19438 Number 1 for Eastend Boys
19439 Number 1 for Students
19440 Number 1 for Eastend Boys
19441 Number 1 for Westend Girls
During Spring 2009, 19442 received front, half-side and rear Megarider contravision advertising, 19443 received front, half-side and rear Dayrider contravision advertising and 19444/45/46 received half-side and rear Dayrider contravision advertising. By July 2009 19444/45/46 had also received front contravision Dayrider advertisements. During 2010, 19445 lost the contravision on the front window, which has not been replaced to date. Similarly, 19442 lost its front window contravision between July & October 2011, again as yet unreplaced.
During Summer 2012, a number of Walkergate's Enviro400s were sent to the capital to provide services for the London 2012 Olympics, or to Manchester to cover for vehicles sent from there to London. 19442/43/44/46 from this batch were four of several (see also 19193-19219 & 19379-89 batches) loaned to Manchester. These vehicles were replaced at Walkergate by Enviro400s from Slatyford (see 19141-19163 and 19193-19219 batches), Scania Enviro400s from Stagecoach West Scotland (15626/28/29/40/44/45) and Stagecoach Yorkshire (15690/1, 15716/7/8) and Tridents from Stagecoach West Scotland (18001/2/4, 18369/71). Walkergate's Enviro400s returned after the Olympics, during in August 2012, allowing all vehicles to return to their home depots. 19442/43/44/46 returned to Walkergate following the Olympics in August 2012, allowing all vehicles to return to their home depots.
In late 2012/early 2013, 19430/32/39/41 were debranded and now wear generic Stagecoach in Newcastle livery. They were followed in April 2014 by 19438. Later in 2014, 19431 was debranded, with 19437 debranded October 2014 and 19434 during the first part of 2015. 19433/35/36/40 were debranded in early 2016.
In August 2015, 19436/38-46 were fitted with WiFi. The remainder of the batch were retrofitted with WiFi in March 2016, though only 19433/37-39/41-46 carry side branding to illustrate this provision.
In March 2016 19430-33 received Club 22 branding. The four vehicles each received a different variant of the branding, with 19430 sporting a pair of flamingos, 19431 carrying the Cobalt2 example, Mr 22 flying across the sides and rear of 19432 and two little ducks floating on 19433. Similar branding is carried by four of the 19379-89 batch. For imagery of the branding please see In Pictures Issue 68. Relatively short-lived, the branding began to be removed in September 2016, with 19431 the first to be repainted, once again carrying plain corporate livery; 19432 followed in March 2017. 19433 was repainted in May/June 2017, with the last remaining branded Club 22 example, 19430, repainted in August 2017.
In May 2017, 19446 was one of several vehicles to receive a rather underwhelming Samsung Galaxy advertising wrap, which was retained until August 2017 whereupon it returned to corporate livery.
On the left, 19439 prior to removal of the contravision brading, illustrating the 'Students' version of the Number 1 branding. On the right, previously branded 19441 now sports a clear front windscreen, and is seen operating Service 38 in Newcastle City Centre.
Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2011-2014
These 58 plate Enviro400s are currently operated in the North East by Newcastle (Walkergate).