Go North East has launched two new bus fleets.
In County Durham, a £1.6m fleet of 10 Wrightbus StreetLite micro-hybrids has entered service on the Durham Diamond 16 and 16A.
The vehicles feature free WiFi, USB charging points and next-stop announcements. They operate at a regular 15-minute frequency between Durham and Stanley, and every 30 minutes to Consett.
Meanwhile, a further 11 StreetLites have entered service in Gateshead on the number 49 service – an investment of £1.8m. The vehicles are to a similar specification and offer a 10-minute frequency between Gateshead and Blaydon.
Go North East Managing Director, Kevin Carr, said: “We are investing heavily in new and upgraded buses to give our customers the best possible services.
“The £1.8m investment in new buses for the number 49 route follows hot on the heels of a £1.6m investment in 10 new vehicles for our Durham Diamond service.”