As the Angel of the North celebrates 20 years on Tyneside, Go North East has spent £4.5m on 19 bigger and greener double-deck buses for its namesake Newcastle to Chester-le-Street service.
The bus operator has purchased larger double-deck buses for the Angel 21 service, which will feature ‘Angel 20’ badges to celebrate the Angel’s milestone. The new buses will be able to accommodate 16 extra passengers per hour - including four more accessible lower-deck seats.
The buses offer upper-deck tables featuring casino and board game designs, larger LED next-stop announcement displays, USB connections and free Wifi– additions.
Following an investment of over £10m in new vehicles and upgrades in 2017, the significant cash injection has put 19 brand new vehicles on the road, featuring the latest, most environmentally-friendly Euro 6 stop/start engines. Fitted with a third-generation micro-hybrid system, they also save 21% fuel and carbon dioxide.
Go North East managing director Kevin Carr said: “2017 was a huge year of investment for us and we are delighted to continue this into 2018. This significant boost to our popular Angel services comes at a key time as we look to support Gateshead Council with its year-long celebrations to commemorate the Angel of the North’s 20th birthday, while also supporting our aim of having the greenest bus fleet in the country.”
The investment includes a further two dedicated spare double-deck buses built to the same specification as the new Angel vehicles.
With no timetable changes, Angel customers can jump aboard the new buses every seven to eight minutes between Newcastle and Chester-le-Street, with services continuing to Durham every 15 minutes.