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LAST UPDATED: 14 March 2018

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ENVIRO EXCEPTION!      14 March 2018

While the majority of the Newcastle fleet is composed of Enviro's, one very definitely not ENVIROnmentally friendly return to service is Slatyford's 22508. This heap has once again returned to the main service fleet following a period out of service with engine problems. Based on the plumes of thick black smoke emitted every time the vehicle accelerates, the problems appear unresolved despite it's return! These two shots illustrate the vehicle, in operation today on the Slatyford expresses, the second shot showing the very visible pollution of the air of Newcastle's outer west end, complete with filthy rear end where soot deposits appear to have been (badly) cleaned away.

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2018

Photo © Stagecoach North East Bus Depot 2018


Walkergate's 12063 has emerged from the paintshops as expected wearing corporate livery. It returned to service yesterday, looking immaculate on Service 22.

Meanwhile, at South Shields 19642 continues to receive mechanical attention at Dean Road.

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In other news, last seen as a Christmas collection point in Newcastle, then back to storage at Sunderland, 34611 is now at South Shields depot.

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WE'RE HERE TO GET YOU THERE      4 March 2018

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our user survey last year. Your feedback has been very useful and work has been going on behind the scenes to deliver some improvements as a result. One of the most frequent bits of feedback was around navigation of the site on mobile and tablet devices - the site menus (and some of the layout) has been revamped, and hopefully accessibility should have significantly improved. Please let us know whether the changes have improved your mobile browsing experience, or indeed if you are still experiencing issues.

Your feedback indicated that the Fleet Stats section wasn't popular so this feature has been discontinued, though fleet age/spares information has been incorporated into the Operations Profiles. As one door closes, however, another opens - watch this space for more information on exciting new features being developed in response to suggestions made in the User Survey. The survey responses indicated you loved our photos so we've made some big improvements to photos across the site, including increasing their number and providing direct access to full-size versions. Don't forget to let us know what you think!

SINGLE DECK SWAP      4 March 2018

For reasons unknown, Stagecoach in Newcastle are converting Service 18 to double deck operation, despite the majority of trips struggling to attract loads sufficient to fill a minibus. Despite the lack of demand (peak times excepted), Walkergate are sending MAN 18.220 A69s to Slatyford in exchange for deckers. The first swap saw 19204 return to Walkergate with 22343 heading to Slatyford. More recently 22022 has transferred to Slatyford; it is not yet known which decker - which could arguably be much better used on the Slatyford expresses - will be transferring to Walkergate in exchange.

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