OPERATIONS PROFILE

updated 5 March 2017

 

 

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 96, covered by a network of 12 regular services. In addition to regular stage carriage services, Walkergate also operate occassional Services 68, 991 & 995 (none of which attract an increase to the overall PVR) and also house the North East Megabus fleet.

 

Slatyford operates a PVR of 87, covered by a network of 23 regular services, including MetroCentre Shuttle Service 100. In addition to the regular services, Slatyford also operates occassional Services 8 & X79 (neither of which attract an increase to the overall PVR) and operates the City Sightseeing NewcastleGateshead Tours under franchise to City Sightseeing (see separate Operations Profile for City Sightseeing).

 

The combined Stagecoach in Newcastle operation (excluding the Megabus and City Sightseeing operations) therefore involves a PVR of 183, covered by a network of 35 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 111 vehicles (excluding Megabus). The total of 111 is made up of 26 Enviro400H hybrid deckers, 73 Enviro400 deckers (eight of which are the new MMC variant), six ALX300 bodied MAN saloons and six Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66 midibuses. In addition, Walkergate have two Driver Training Vehicles; MAN 18.220 22214 (for Route Learning) and Volvo B10M 20554. In addition, Walkergate currently have Wright StreetDeck 80028.

 

The Slatyford fleet comprises 100 vehicles (excluding City Sightseeing). The total of 100 is comprised of 22 Enviro400 deckers (of which 16 are the new MMC variant), 28 ALX300 bodied MAN saloons, five ELC Kinetic bodied MAN saloons, 18 new MMC Enviro200s, five Enviro300 single decks, six Pointer 2 bodied SLF Darts and 16 Enviro200 midis.  In addition, Slatyford has two Driver Training Vehicles; MAN 18.220 22673 (for Route Learning) and Volvo B10M 20553.

 

Meet the Walkergate Fleet

Walkergate operate nine 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 and 10638 are the new MMC variant.

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 62 Euro 5 engined Enviro400 operate from Walkergate, spread across five batches: 19201, 19202, 19203, 19204, 19205, 19206, 19207,19208, 19209, 19210, 19211, 19212, 19213, 19214, 19215, 19216, 19217, 19218, 19219, 19379, 19380, 19381, 19382, 19383, 19384, 19385, 19386, 19387, 19388, 19389, 19430, 19431, 19432, 19433, 19434, 19435, 19436, 19437, 19438, 19439, 19440, 19441, 19442, 19443, 19444, 19445, 19446, 19645, 19646, 19647, 19670, 19671, 19672, 19673, 19674, 19675, 19676, 19677, 19678, 19679, 19680, 19681, 19682 and 19683.

Six ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220s which were new to Walkergate in 2005 continue to operate from the depot: 22341, 22342, 22343, 22344, 22345 and 22346.

A batch of six former Slatyford Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240 A66 midibuses are operated by Walkergate, for use on Services 15 & 15A: 39722, 39723, 39724, 39725, 39726 and 39730.



All of the standard Enviro400s, ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220s and Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240s carry Stagecoach corporate livery. Seven of the Enviro400's (19385-87/89, 19430/32/33) additionally carry route branding for Club 22. The Enviro400H fleet carry a modified green and white version of the Stagecoach in Newcastle livery. Most (10633-38) of the MMC variant Enviro400s carry #BUSPEOPLE branding.

 

All of Walkergate's standard Enviro400's, 55-plate MAN 18.220s and Enviro200 bodied MAN 14.240s were delivered complete with the new style interior. The hybrids carry a green variation on the corporate interior. The Enviro400 MMCs carry high spec e-leather interiors.

 

All of the Walkergate fleet carry scrolling orange Sentence Case digital destination displays.

 

 

Walkergate Average fleet age: 7.0 years
Spares overall: 15.6% (15/96)
Spares on PVR: 13.5% (15/111)



Meet the Slatyford Fleet

Slatyford operates a fleet of 16 Enviro400 MMCs: 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, recently transferred over from Walkergate 19194, 19195, 19196, 19197, 19198 and 19200

A total of 28 ALX300 bodied MAN 18.220s are operated from Slatyford, spread across five batches: 22050, 22051, 22067, 22068, 22069, 22070, 22071, 22072, 22073, 22074, 22075, 22076, 22077, 22078, 22079, 22080, 22081, 22082, 22347, 22348, 22408, 22409, 22410, 22411, 22412, 22413 and, officially in reserve, 22022 and 22024 are also part of the operational fleet at Slatyford.

Five East Lancs Kinetic bodied MAN 18.240 A69s are now operated: 22509, 22512, 22513, 22514 and 22515.

Five Enviro300 bodied single decks are operated on service 100: 22570, 22574, 22579, 22580 and 22581.

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 operates six Pointer 2 bodied Darts, across two batches: 35190, 35191, 35192, 35193, 35194 and 35195.

The fleet is rounded off with a batch of 16 MAN 14.240 midibuses: 39702, 39703, 39704, 39705, 39706, 39715, 39716, 39717, 39718, 39719, 39720, 39721, 39728, 39729, 39731 and 39732.



All of the Slatyford fleet carry Stagecoach corporate livery. The Enviro300's carry route branding for MetroCentre Shuttle 100 while MAN's 22408-12 carry distinctive branding for Kingston Park Express Service X47. Most (10639-52) of the Enviro400 MMCs carry #BUSPEOPLE branding while the Enviro200 MMCs carry branding promoting the Stagecoach Bus App.

 

All of Slatyford's fleet were delivered complete with the new style interior, though 19194/96/97 have 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 22024/51/72-82 which retain yellow non-scrolling Sentence Case digital destination blinds, the remainder of the Slatyford fleet carry scrolling orange Sentence Case digital destination displays.



Slatyford Average fleet age: 6.9 years
Spares overall: 13.0% (13/100)
Spares on PVR: 14.9% (13/87)



Newcastle overall combined fleet

Newcastle overall Average fleet age: 7.0 years
Spares overall: 13.3% (28/211)
Spares on PVR: 15.3% (28/183)



Routes

 

1          Four Lane Ends • City Centre • Central Station • Buddle Road • Slatyford

via Coach Lane Campus, Cochrane Park, Heaton, Newcastle College, Cruddas Park, Armstrong Road and Scotswood

 

6          Freeman Hospital • MetroCentre

via Gosforth, Kingston Park and West Denton

 

7          Freeman Hospital • MetroCentre

via Gosforth, Kenton and West Denton

 

8          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

 

15        Walker • City Centre • Kenton Shops

 via Byker, Fenham, Blakelaw and Montagu

 

15A    Walker • City Centre • Kenton Shops

 via Byker, Fenham, Blakelaw and Kenton Bar

 

18        Forest Hall • Freeman Hospital • Wallsend

via Four Lane Ends, Byker and Walker

 

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

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

22X        Newcastle City Centre • Cobalt

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        City Centre • Benwell • Kenton Bar • Four Lane Ends • City Centre

via Royal Victoria Infirmary, General Hospital, Fenham, Cowgate, Blakelaw, Fawdon, Gosforth, High Heaton & Byker

 

32A    City Centre • Four Lane Ends • Kenton Bar • Benwell • City Centre

via Byker, High Heaton, Gosforth, Fawdon, Blakelaw, Cowgate, Fenham, General Hospital & Royal Victoria Infirmary

 

35        City Centre • Red House Farm

via Gosforth High Street and Coxlodge

 

36        City Centre, Grainger Street • Fenham

 via 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 and Walbottle Village

 

72           City Centre, Grainger Street • Chapel House
via Westerhope Village

 

87           City Centre, Grainger Street • Newbiggin Hall
via Westerhope
 
88           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    City Centre • 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 1 Monday-Friday peak journey 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 and Blakelaw

 

X88     Eldon Square Bus Station • Cowgate • Newbiggin Hall

via Blakelaw, Trevelyan Drive, Bedeburn Road and Blakelaw


Peak Vehicle Requirements


Service
Number
Depot PVR Operated by Notes
1 Walkergate 15* Enviro400  
6 Slatyford 9 Enviro200 Operates daytime only
7
8 Operates peak times only 
10 Slatyford 12 Enviro400, MAN 18.220  
11  
12 Walkergate 12 Enviro400  
15 Walkergate 4 MAN 14.240 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only 
15A
18 Walkergate 4 MAN 18.220 Evening & Sunday journeys are operated by Arriva, funded by Nexus  
22 Walkergate 17** Enviro400
30 Slatyford 16

with 36

MAN 18.220
31
32 Slatyford 7 Dart SLF, Enviro200 Evening & Sunday journeys are operated by Arriva, funded by Nexus
32A Evening & Sunday journeys are operated by Arriva, funded by Nexus
35 Slatyford Dart SLF, Enviro200 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only
36 Slatyford see 30 & 31 MAN 18.220  
38 Walkergate 10 Enviro400  
39 Walkergate 11 Enviro400H  
40 Walkergate 12 Enviro400H  
62 Both 14 Slatyford
+
7 Walkergate
Enviro400 MMC  
63
68 Walkergate see 18 MAN 18.220 Operates Monday-Friday peak only, using vehicles from Service 18
71 Slatyford 3 MAN 18.220  
72 Slatyford 2 Enviro200, Dart SLF    
87 Slatyford 1 MAN 18.220  
88 Slatyford 1 MAN 18.220 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only
100 Slatyford 5 Enviro300  
X47 Slatyford 5 MAN 18.220  
X63 Walkergate 4 Enviro400 Operates Monday-Saturday daytime only
X77 Slatyford 10 MAN 18.220, Enviro400 Operates Monday-Saturday peak only
X78
X79 Operates Monday-Friday peak only
X82  
X87
X88 Operates Monday-Sunday daytime only
TOTAL   179    

*During the University summer holiday, the Service 1 PVR is reduced to 12.

 

**On Saturdays, the Service 22 PVR is reduced to 12.

 

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

Ilustrative vehicle allocation: click here to view the actual vehicle allocation from 3 February 2017.


 


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, 15, 15A, 30, 31, 32, 32A, 35, [36], 38, 39, 40, 62, 63, 100, X47, X63, City Sightseeing, Stagecoach in Sunderland X24 and Stagecoach in South Shields X34

 

Newcastle City Centre, Percy Street/Gallowgate for services 12, 15, 15A, [30], [31], 32, 32A, 36, 39, 40, 62, 63, 71, 72, 87, 88, 100, X47, X63, X82, City Sightseeing

 

Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Street/Newgate Street for services 1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 22, 30, 31, 36, 38, 71, 72, 87, 88, 100

 

Newcastle City Centre, St Marys Place/Barras Bridge for services 10, 11, 30, 31, 35, [36], X47, X87, X88, City Sightseeing

 

South Gosforth, Station Road/Freeman Road for services 6, 7, 18, 32, 32A, X63

 

Kenton Bar roundabout for services 6, 7, 15, 15A, 32, 32A, X47, X78

 

[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.


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



 

the DEPOT

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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