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Walkergate based electric hybrid 12074 is pictured operating service 40, sporting the green variant of corporate livery carried by the batch from new.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2017

This batch of 26 Alexander Dennis Enviro400H vehicles represented the first - and to date only - electric hybrid double deck vehicles in the Stagecoach North East fleet. Delivered to Walkergate in Summer 2011, the vehicles represented a £7.2 million investment, partly funded by the Green Bus Fund.

The vehicles were purchased for use on high frequency cross city routes 39 & 40 and were delivered in a two tone green variant of the Stagecoach corporate livery. The vehicles also sport a modified corporate interior, based around green and yellow hues, rather than the more familiar orange and blue. The batch were delivered with orange scrolling Sentence Case displays.

The registrations of the batch are as follows:

12061     NK11DGY
12062     NK11DGZ
12063     NK11DHA
12064     NK11DHC
12065     NK11DHD
12066     NK11DHE
12067     NK11DHF
12068     NK11DHG
12069     NK11DHJ
12070     NK11DHL
12071     NK11DHM
12072     NK11DHN
12073     NK11DHO
12074     NK11DHP
12075     NK11DHV
12076     NK11DHY
12077     NK11DHZ
12078     NK11DJD
12079     NK11DJE
12080     NK11DJF
12081     NK11DJJ
12082     NK11DJV
12083     NK11DJX
12084     NK11DJY
12085     NK11DJZ
12086     NK11DKA

The vehicles all arrived between June and September 2011, with 12061/62/64 entering service in June, 12063/65-69/71-77 following in July, 12070/78/80-86 in August and 12079 completing the batch, finally entering service on 8 September 2011.

The arrival of 12061-86 at Walkergate saw 19158-63/93-97 transfer to Slatyford, leading to the cascade of MAN18.220 A69s 22049-51 to South Shields and 22469-71 Stockton and the withdrawal of floor Volvo B10Ms 20254-57/92 for disposal.

In addition, all of Walkergate's remaining high floor Volvo B10M fleet were withdrawn either for disposal (20116, 20265/96, 20838), or in the case of 20121, converted to a Driver Training Vehicle. All of Walkergate's Volvo B10BLE fleet (21101/46/53/55) were placed in reserve, though 21146/53/55 continued to operate regularly from the depot, and MAN 18.220 A69s 22021/22/67-71 were transferred to South Shields, replacing Volvo B10BLEs which were placed into reserve.

February 2018 saw 12077 become the first of the batch to be repainted into Stagecoach corporate livery, which looks somewhat odd with the green and yellow interior, and retention of top front dome panelling in green. 12063 was the second to be painted into corporate livery, in early March 2018, followed later the same month by 12072. The next to receive repaint to corporate standard, 12086, made it's first appearance at the Stockton Depot Open Day on 8th April 2018. Both 12073 & 12066 emerged from the paintshops in June 2018, while 12083 followed in July 2018, 12085 in August and both 12082 & 12069 in September 2018. 12064 emerged repainted in early November 2018, with 12075 following later the same month. The final repaint for 2018, 12080, was completed in December and marked the halfway point for the repainting of the batch. 12079 was completed in February 2019, followed in March 2019 by 12070 and 12084.

Walkergate based electric hybrid 12077, NK11DHZ, the first to be repainted to corporate livery was pictured on New Bridge Street operating service 40 shortly after repaint.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2018

In April 2019, the Walkergate fleet received updated destination displays, showing a large terminal destination point with swiping, rather than scrolling, via points.

This pair of images illustrate the new style destinations on both the old hybrid livery and the corporate livery. 12061 on the left is seen heading for Whickham View as a 38 while on the right 12084 is seen bound for Chapel House on Service 40.

Photos © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2019

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