Optare MetroCity EV returns to Go North East for further trials

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Optare’s MetroCity EV demonstrator has returned to Go North East for further trials in service.

The bus will be running on the Quaylink Q3 route alongside Newcastle’s Quayside and through the busy city centre.

The trial will help shape future thoughts on electric buses and the company’s fleet as it strives to improve its environmental credentials.

In October, Go North East will be introducing the region’s first full-electric fleet of buses between Newcastle and Gateshead.

Go North East’s Managing Director, Martijn Gilbert, said: “This is part of a series of forward-looking strategies to make our bus services even better.

“From 5 September, our timetables will be back to 100% levels – we’ve introduced extra cleaning, more flexible tickets for part-time and home workers, and have deployed extra capacity to help ensure social distancing.

“There’s never been a better time to get on board our clean, safe and comfy low-emission buses that connect our towns, cities and communities.”

The demonstrator in service on the Q3 route