Go North East
Angel 21 bus at the Angel of the North
|Service area||County Durham
Tyne & Wear
|Service type||Bus services|
|Fleet||656 (August 2016)|
|Chief executive||Kevin Carr|
In February 1987 as part of the privatisation of the National Bus Company, a management buyout led by Martin Ballinger and Chris Moyes purchased the Northern General Transport Company. It was the first company of what is now the Go-Ahead Group.
Early expansion saw the acquisition of certain smaller competing bus operators in North East England including Gypsy Queen in 1989 and Low Fell Coaches in June 1992. Go-Ahead Northern also became a National Express contractor operating services to the Midlands, North East, North West and South West England.
Go North East previously operated in the Darlington area in late 1990s, mainly services connecting through to Bishop Auckland, Gateshead and Newcastle.
The North Division (Go North East Limited) operate services from five depots in three counties. The division operates many trunk services as well as local services around Gateshead, North Tyneside, West Durham and Southern Northumberland.
Depots are located at:
- Handy Drive, Gateshead - 'Riverside'
- Rothbury Terrace, Percy Main - 'Percy Main'
- Tyne Green Lane, Hexham - 'Hexham' formerly Arriva North East
The South Division (Go Northern Limited) operates services from five depots in two counties. The division operates many trunk services as well as local services around Sunderland, County Durham and South Tyneside as well as providing National Express services.
Depots are located at:
- Picktree Lane, Chester-le-Street - 'Chester-le-Street'
- Deptford Terrace, Sunderland - 'Deptford'
- Industrial Road, Hertburn Industrial Estate, Washington - 'Washington'
- High Street, Stanley - 'Stanley'
- Cook Way, North West Industrial Estate, Peterlee - 'Peterlee'
- Prospect Road, Virginia Buildings Industrial Estate, Crook - 'Crook'
Go North East introduced route branding in 2006. Route branding involves giving each service or group of services its own vehicles and identity. Branded services have bold and colourful liveries and their own logo. Many brands are unique, however, there are some brands which are similar to those of other operators.
As at October, the fleet consisted of 696 buses and coaches.
Go North East's fleet livery was for many years red, light blue and yellow. However many buses have been route branded in specific liveries, resulting in a multi-coloured fleet. Buses that aren't route branded were painted in a red base, carrying the "Northern" logos. From late 2013, the "Northern" logos have started to be phased out, with the company now opting to use the Go North East logos instead. Coaches operating services under contract to National Express are painted in the client's livery.
- NBC sale at half way point Commercial Motor 16 May 1987 page 21
- Chris Moyes obituary The Times 18 September 2006
- History Timeline Go-Ahead Group
- Gypsy taken over Commercial Motor 11 January 1990 page 29
- Depot Locations Go North East
-  Go North East
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