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as at 18 February 2020



Stagecoach in Newcastle operate from two depots in the city; Slatyford in the West and Walkergate in the East.  On the public facing side, these two divisions form a cohesive operation under the common name Stagecoach in Newcastle.  From an operational point of view, there is also cross-over between the two depots, an obvious example being the joint operation of flagship services 62 & 63.   


Walkergate operates a PVR of 87 (reducing to 84 in the university summer holidays), covered by a network of ten regular services. In addition to regular stage carriage services, Walkergate also operate Scholars Services 137 & 140 and Works Services 68, 991 & 995 (none of which attract an increase to the overall PVR) and also house the North East Megabus fleet. In 2019, Walkergate commenced operation of the new Seasider open top service between North Shields and Whitley Bay, not included in the PVR quoted here.


Slatyford operates a PVR of 86, covered by a network of 22 regular services, including Metrocentre Shuttle Service 100. In addition to the regular services, Slatyford also operates occassional Services 8 & X79 (neither of which attracy an increase to the overall PVR), Works Service 68 and Scholars Services 111, 134 & 135 (which combined require one vehicle).


The combined Stagecoach in Newcastle operation (excluding the Seasider and Megabus operations) therefore involves a PVR of 173 (reducing to 170 in the university summer holidays), covered by a network of 32 regular services.


The Stagecoach in Newcastle network serves the majority of the city's suburbs from Wallsend and Walker in the East to Throckley and Leazes in the West and further afield to Ponteland and Newcastle Airport in the North and Gateshead Metrocentre to the South.

Fleet Profile
The Walkergate fleet comprises 100 vehicles (excluding Megabus and Seasider). The total of 100 is made up of 26 Enviro400H hybrid deckers, 69 Enviro400 deckers (24 of which are the MMC variant), three MAN 18.220 saloons and a pair of Enviro300s. Walkergate also have one Driver Training Vehicle; MAN 18.220 22076.


The Slatyford fleet comprises 100 vehicles. The total of 100 is comprised of 23 Enviro400 deckers (of which 17 are the new MMC variant), 22 ALX300 bodied MAN saloons, 18 MMC Enviro200s, 19 Enviro300 bodied MAN 18.240 single decks and 18 Enviro200 midis (on both integral and MAN 14.240 A66 chassis).  In addition, Slatyford has two Driver Training Vehicles; Volvo B10M 20553 and MAN 18.220 A69 22072.


Meet the Walkergate Fleet

Walkergate operate 25 Euro 6 engined Enviro400s, one of which is on the original design 10000 and came to Newcastle via Manchester, while the remainder, 10631, 10632, 10633, 10634, 10635, 10636, 10637, 11281, 11282, 11283, 11284, 11285, 11286, 11287, 11288, 11289, 11290, 11921, 11292, 11293, 11294, 11295, 11296 and 11501 come from two batches and are the MMC variant, all new to Walkergate.

A batch of 26 Hybrid electric Enviro400H decekers were purchased in 2011 for Services 39 & 40: 12061, 12062, 12063, 12064, 12065, 12066, 12067, 12068, 12069, 12070, 12071, 12072, 12073, 12074, 12075, 12076, 12077, 12078, 12079, 12080, 12081, 12082, 12083, 12084, 12085 and 12086.

A total of 44 Euro 5 engined Enviro400 operate from Walkergate, spread across five batches: 19214, 19215, 19216, 19217, 19218, 19219, 19379, 19386, 19387, 19388, 19389, 19430, 19431, 19432, 19433, 19434, 19435, 19436, 19437, 19438, 19439, 19441, 19442, 19443, 19444, 19445, 19446, 19645, 19646, 19647, 19670, 19671, 19672, 19673, 19674, 19675, 19676, 19677, 19678, 19679, 19680, 19681, 19682 and 19683.

The Walkergate fleet currently includes three MAN single decks; all ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220s and all active reserves: 22022, 22024 and 22065.

The Walkergate fleet is completed by a pair of Enviro300s recently arriving via Teesside and new to South Shields, 27724 and 27725.

All of the standard Enviro400s and MAN single decks carry Stagecoach corporate livery. Enviro400Hs 12061/65/68/71/76/81 carry a modified green and white version of the Stagecoach in Newcastle livery. Five (10633-37) of the MMC variant Enviro400s carry #BUSPEOPLE branding while new arrival 11501 carries a unique mosaic based version of the brand new Stagecoach livery.


All of Walkergate's standard Enviro400's and MANs were delivered complete with the new style interior, though 19194 and 19196 have been reupholstered to carry leather interiors. The hybrids carry a green variation on the corporate interior. The Enviro400 MMCs carry high spec e-leather interiors. The newest batch of Enviro400 MMCs feature an all-new interior colour scheme; gone are the garish orange poles and blue/orange seat coverings; in are blue poles and stylish grey/blue seating.


With the exception of 22024/65 and the newest batch of Enviro400 MMC, all of the Walkergate fleet carry orange Sentence Case digital destination displays. 22024/65 retain yellow destination displays, while the newest batch of Enviro400 MMCs have white displays.



Walkergate Average fleet age: 7.9 years
Spares overall: 13.0% (13/100)
Spares on PVR: 14.9% (13/87)

Note: Walkergate are currently in the process of receiving a batch of new deckers, some of which are currently on loan to Stagecoach North Scotland, therefore the fleet remains fluid at this time.

Meet the Slatyford Fleet

Slatyford operates a fleet of 17 Enviro400 MMCs: 10638, 10639, 10640, 10641, 10642, 10643, 10644, 10645, 10646, 10647, 10648, 10649, 10650, 10651, 10652, 10653 and 10654.

Slatyford retain a fleet of six older type Enviro400s spread across two batches; all were new to Walkergate 19197, 19198, 19200, 19380, 19381 and 19382.

A dwindling fleet, now just 22 in number, of ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220s are operated from Slatyford, spread across five batches: 22067, 22068, 22070, 22080, 22081, 22082, 22342, 22343, 22344, 22345, 22347, 22348, 22408, 22409, 22410, 22411, 22412, 22413, 22424, 22428, 22443 and 22444.

19 Enviro300 bodied MAN 18.240 A69 single decks are operated from two batches: 22570, 22574, 22580, 22581, 24101, 24102, 24103, 24104, 24105, 24106, 24107, 24108, 24109, 24110, 24111, 24112, 24113, 24114 and 24115.

The newest vehicles at the depot are a batch of 18 Enviro200 MMCs: 26063, 26064, 26065, 26066, 26067, 26068, 26069, 26070, 26071, 26072, 26073, 26074, 26075, 26076, 26077, 26078, 26079 and 26080.

Slatyford operate nine former South Shields integral Enviro200s: 36468, 36469, 36470, 36471, 36472, 36473, 36474, 36475 and 36477.

The fleet is rounded off with a batch of nine MAN 14.240 midibuses: 39723, 39725, 39726, 39727, 39728, 39729, 39730, 39731 and 39732.

All of the Slatyford fleet carry Stagecoach corporate livery, with the exception of Enviro300's 22570/74/81 which carry route branding for Metrocentre Shuttle 100. Most (10638-52) of the Enviro400 MMCs carry #BUSPEOPLE branding.


All of Slatyford's fleet were delivered complete with the new style interior, though 19197 has been reupholstered to leather interiors and the MMC variant Enviro200s and Enviro400s were delivered with high-spec e-leather interiors.


With the exception of MANs 22080-82 which retain yellow Sentence Case digital destination blinds, the remainder of the Slatyford fleet carry orange Sentence Case digital destination displays.

Slatyford Average fleet age: 8.8 years
Spares overall: 14.0% (14/100)
Spares on PVR: 16.3% (14/86)

Newcastle overall combined fleet

Newcastle overall Average fleet age: 8.3 years
Spares overall: 13.5% (27/200)
Spares on PVR: 15.6% (27/173)



1          Cobalt • Coach Lane Campus • City Centre • Central Station • Buddle Road • Slatyford

via Benton Asda, Cochrane Park, Heaton, Newcastle College, Cruddas Park, Armstrong Road and Scotswood


6          Four Lane Ends • Freeman Hospital • Metrocentre

via Gosforth, Kingston Park and West Denton


7          Four Lane Ends • Freeman Hospital • Metrocentre

via Gosforth, Kenton and West Denton


8          Four Lane Ends • Freeman Hospital • Central Station

via Gosforth, Kenton and West Denton

Note: Service 8 operates peak times only

10        North Kenton • City Centre • West Denton Park

via Westgate Road and Lemington Road End


11        North Kenton • City Centre • West Denton Shops

via Westgate Road and West Denton Way


12       Two Ball Lonnen • City Centre • Walker • Wallsend

 via Fenham and St Anthonys Road


18        Benton or Quorum • Freeman Hospital • Walker

via Four Lane Ends and Byker


22        Cobalt • Silverlink • Wallsend • City Centre • Throckley, Sainsburys

via Howdon, Fossway, Byker, Central Station, Newcastle Business Park, Newburn Riverside, Lemington and Newburn Village


22X    Cobalt • City Centre • Throckley, Sainsburys

express via Willington Square


30        Fenham • City Centre • Fawdon

via Whickham View, Elswick Road and Gosforth


31        Fenham • City Centre • Montagu Estate

 via Whickham View, Elswick Road and Gosforth


32        Walker • City Centre • Benwell • Kenton Shops

via Byker, Royal Victoria Infirmary, General Hospital, Fenham, Cowgate, Blakelaw, Kenton Bar & Montagu Estate


32A    Walker • City Centre • Benwell • Kenton Shops

via Byker, Royal Victoria Infirmary, General Hospital, Fenham, Cowgate, Blakelaw, Montagu Estate & Kenton Bar


35        City Centre • Red House Farm

via Gosforth High Street and Coxlodge


36        City Centre, New Bridge Street • Fenham

 via RVI and Fenham Hall Drive


38        Whickham View • City Centre • Freeman Hospital



39        Dumpling Hall • City Centre • Walker

via West Road, Stanhope Street and Welbeck Road


40        Chapel House • City Centre • Wallsend

 via West Road, Stanhope Street and Welbeck Road


62        Killingworth • City Centre • North Walbottle

via Quorum, Longbenton, Chillingham Road and West Denton


63        Killingworth • City Centre • Chapel House

 via Forest Hall, Chillingham Road, Fenham and West Denton


68        Four Lane Ends Metro • DWP Tyneview Park

Note:  Service 68 operates peak times only

71           City Centre, Grainger Street • Throckley

via Westerhope Village and Walbottle


72           City Centre, Grainger Street • Chapel House
via Westerhope


87           City Centre, Grainger Street • Newbiggin Hall
via Westerhope

100     Newcastle City Centre, Blackett Street • Central Station • Metrocentre

This service runs NON STOP from Central Station to Metrocentre


X47    Eldon Square • Ponteland Road • Kingston Park

via Cowgate and Kenton Bar


X63     City Centre, Blackett Street • Killingworth • City Centre, Blackett Street

via Quorum


X77     Newcastle • Ponteland • Darras Hall

express via Ponteland Road

Note: Service X77 operates peak times only


X78     Newcastle • Ponteland • Darras Hall

express via Ponteland Road


X79     Newcastle • Ponteland • Darras Hall

express via Ponteland Road

Note: Service X79 operates Monday-Friday peak times only


X82     Throckley, Leazes Estate • Newcastle, Eldon Square

via Denton Burn


X87     Eldon Square Bus Station • Cowgate • Newbiggin Hall

via Blakelaw, Bedeburn Road, Trevelyan Drive, Etal Park and Blakelaw


X88     Eldon Square Bus Station • Cowgate • Newbiggin Hall

via Blakelaw, Etal Park, Trevelyan Drive, Bedeburn Road and Blakelaw


Note: Stagecoach in Newcastle also operate Scholars services 111, 134, 135, 137, & 140, as well as early morning Works services 991 & 995; most run from or onto boards of standard revenue services with just one additional vehicle required for the Slatyford scholars runs.

Peak Vehicle Requirements

Depot PVR Operated by Notes
1 Walkergate 16* Enviro400  
6 Slatyford 8 Enviro200 Operates daytime only
8 Operates peak times only 
10 Slatyford 12 Enviro400, MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240  
12 Walkergate 10 Enviro400, Enviro400H  
18 Walkergate 3 Enviro400, MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240 Evening & Sunday journeys are operated by Arriva, funded by Nexus  
22 Walkergate 17** Enviro400, Enviro400H
30 Slatyford 17

with 36

Enviro200 MMC
32 Slatyford 6 Enviro200 Evening & Sunday journeys are operated by Arriva, funded by Nexus
35 Slatyford 2 Enviro200 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only
36 Slatyford see 30 & 31 Enviro200 MMC  
38 Walkergate 10 Enviro400, Enviro400H  
39 Walkergate 10 Enviro400, Enviro400H  
40 Walkergate 11 Enviro400, Enviro400H  
62 Both 16 Slatyford
6 Walkergate
Enviro400 MMC  
68 Both - Enviro400 MMC
71 Slatyford 6 Enviro200, Enviro300  
100 Slatyford 4 Enviro200MMC, Enviro300, MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240  
X47 Slatyford 14

with X77, X78, X79, X82, X87 & X88

MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240, Enviro400  
X63 Walkergate 4 Enviro400, MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only
X77 Slatyford see X47 MAN 18.220, MAN 18.240, Enviro400 Operates Monday-Saturday peak only
X79 Operates Monday-Friday peak only
X87 Operates Monday-Sunday daytime only
Scholars Both 1 Enviro400, Enviro 400 MMC Operates school peaks only
TOTAL   173    

*Service 1 PVR reduces to 13 during University Summer holidays.


**On Saturdays, the Service 22 PVR is reduced to 16.


Illustrative vehicle allocation: click here to view the actual vehicle allocation from 5 January 2019.

Note: Services X24 and X34 also operate to Newcastle City Centre, please see the Stagecoach in Sunderland Operations Profiles for more details.


Where to go          

for Sightings

It is not possible to view all of the Newcastle duties from any one location.  The best option is to split your time between a combination of the following sites:


Newcastle City Centre, New Bridge Street/Pilgrim Street for services 1, 10, 11, 12, 30, 31, 32, 32A, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 62, 63, X63, 71, 72, 87, 100, X24 and X34


Newcastle City Centre, Percy Street/Gallowgate for services 12, [30], [31], 32, 32A, 36, 39, 40, 62, 63, 71, 72, 87, 100, [X47], X63, [X77, X78, X79], X82 and [X87, X88]


Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Street/Newgate Street for services 1, 10, 11, 22, 30, 31, [36], 38, 71, 72, 87, 100


Newcastle City Centre, St Marys Place/Barras Bridge for services 10, 11, 30, 31, 35, 36, X47, X63, X77, X78, X79, [X82], X87, X88


Four Lane Ends for services 6, 7, 8, 18, 62, 63


Kenton Bar roundabout for services 6, 7, 8, 32, 32A, X47, X77, X78, X79, [X82, X87, X88]


[Numbers in brackets denote that this service does not serve the indicated point, however duties are interworked with a service that does]

for Photos

Most of the sites listed above offer good photo opportunities, at least in one direction.  The best in the City Centre are probably on Grainger/Newgate Street or Gallowgate.  There are also plenty of decent opportunities along Freeman Road in South Gosforth and Stamfordham Road in Slatyford.

for Timetables

Stagecoach in Newcastle no longer have a travelshop in the City, however the Nexus Travelcentre at Haymarket Metro station and the timetable stands at Eldon Square and Haymarket bus stations usually have decent stocks, as does the City Library.

The Stagecoach North East head office at the Wheatsheaf has timetables for all Stagecoach North East services in Tyne and Wear.



Please remember trespassing is illegal. Do not enter any depot area without prior permission from Stagecoach.
All of what is described here can been seen from outside the perimeter fence. 

Stagecoach in Newcastle vehicles are housed at two depots, Walkergate in the East and Slatyford in the West.


Walkergate is the newest depot in the company, built as a replacement for the former Byker depot.  The depot is very spacious and has extensive garage capabilities.


Slatyford is a much older depot, again covering a considerable area.  Slatyford is often used as a store for Newcastle and South Shields vehicles awaiting disposal.


Click HERE to view an aerial map of Walkergate depot and surrounding area and HERE to view an aerial map of Slatyford depot and surrounding area (external links to Google Maps).

layout - Walkergate
There is only one entrance to the depot, on Shields Road.  

Surely the least spotter friendly depot in Stagecoach North East, only a very small portion of the vehicles can be seen.  The main service fleet park up outside, in the centre area, which is set far back from the perimeter fence, making it virtually impossible to identify the vehicles parked up.

On the Shields Road side are the workshops which back onto Shields Road, offering no view inside.

The only viewing points on foot are on Shields Road near the main entrance, and a small area visible behind Lidl.  The depot is also visible from the Metro line.

There is plenty of free parking available in the residential roads off Shields Road on the opposite side to the depot.


layout - Slatyford
There is only one entrance to the depot, on Slatyford Lane.  

Workshops are housed under cover on the right hand side of the depot and the main service fleet park up under cover, from the left hand side of the depot over to the workshops.

It is possible to walk right around the four sides of the depot, giving quite a good view of what is parked around the perimeter.  Parked against the rear fence of the depot are usually Driver Trainers, withdrawn vehicles, new arrivals and vehicles undergoing repair.

During times of fleet renewal, the far left hand side of the depot is used to store vehicles awaiting disposal.

The bus wash and offices line the right hand side, meaning views into the workshops are limited to the front and rear.  

There is ample parking available along Slatyford Lane, opposite the depot.

how to get there

Walkergate depot is located on Shields Road, Walkergate (A193).


from the North and East

Take the A1058 (Coast Road) towards Newcastle and leave for the A186, Station Road, for Wallsend.  At the junction with Wallsend High Street (A193), turn right towards Byker and Newcastle.  Continue along the A193 which becomes Shields Road; the depot will be on your right.


from the South (including South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool & Teesside)

Head towards Newcastle via the Tyne Bridge, on the A167.   Stay on the A167(M), leaving at the junction with the A193 New Bridge Street, heading towards Byker and Wallsend (this is the fourth exit off New Bridge Street roundabout at the top of the sliproad).  Stay on the main road (A193), watching out for the erratic No Car lanes.  After the elevated section of road you'll arrive in Byker.  Stay on the A193/Byker Bridge, taking care not to end up on Shields Road.  At the large roundabout, take the second exit onto Millers Road.  You will now be passing the Byker retail park, which occuies the site of the old Byker depot.  Continue along Shields Road, and turn right at the next mini roundabout, rejoining the A193, Shields Road.  Once on Shields Road, keep left to avoid the right hand filter lane off to the Retail Park.  Continue on Shields Road past Siemens on the left .  Walkergate depot is on the left.


from the West (including Slatyford)

Take the A167(M) Southbound, leaving at the junction with the A193 New Bridge Street.  Take the first exit at the New Bridge Street roundabout onto the A193, then follow the instructions above from the South.


from City Centre

Directions depend on whereabouts you join the A167(M) on leaving the city centre.  If joining North of the A193 junction, then head South, towards Gateshead until you reach the A193 junction.  If joining South of the A193 junction, you will obviously need to head North to leave at the A193 junction.


Public Transport

Services 15, 15A & 22 pass along Shields Road, stopping close to the depot.  Alternatively, Services 39 & 40 will drop you off in Byker or Services 62 & 63 call at Byker & Chillingham Road.  It is a short walk from any of these stops to the depot.  The closest Metro station is Chillingham Road, on the Yellow Line.



Slatyford depot is located on Slatyford Lane, Slatyford (A193).


from the South on A167 (M) (including Walkergate, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool & Teesside)

Heading North from Newcastle, stay on the A167(M) to the A167.  Continue on the A167 to Cowgate.  At Cowgate roundabout, take the first exit onto the A167, Stamfordham Road.  Almost immediately, you will come to a mini-rounabout.  Here take the second exit, to stay on the A167 Stamfordham Road (i.e. don't go past the entrance to Morrisons).  At the bottom of the hill is another rounabout.  Take the first exit here, then prepare to take a right turn off Silver Lonnen, signed Slatyford, onto Slatyford Lane.  Continue around the crescent that forms Slatyford Lane, and you will see the depot on your left.


from the North

Heading South towards Newcastle on the A167, leave at Springfield Road, A191.  This will bring you to the roundabout with Silver Lonnen, take the second exit onto Silver Lonnen then follow the instructions above from the A167 (M) South.


from the A1

Leave the A1 at the B6324 Stamforham Road (leading to A167), heading towards Newcastle.  Continue along Stamfordham Road (if you look to the right after Wickes you will see the depot through the trees) to the Roundabout with A191 Silver Lonnen.  Take the third exit onto Silver Lonnen and follow the instructions as above from the A167 (M) South.


from City Centre

The easiest way to Slatyford from the City Centre is to head North on the A167(M) and follow directions above from the South on A167 (M).


Public Transport

Services 62, 63, 71, 72, 87 & 88 stop on Stamfordham Road, close to the depot.  Alternatively, Services 30, 31 & 36 will drop you off at Silver Lonnen/Netherby Drive, a short walk from the depot or Service 1 terminates at Pooley Road.  Slatyford is not close to a Metro line.

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