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Travel in style on buses; OPERATOR UNVEILS NEW VEHICLES - COMPLETE WITH WIFI, POWER SOCKETS AND GAMING TABLES ON BOARD.

Byline: JAMES CAIN james.cain@trinitymirror.com @JIMMYMCAIN

BUS operator Go North East has invested PS1.6m in seven new vehicles for its Middlesbrough to Newcastle routes - and they now stop off at Dalton Park.

A new timetable for the X9 and X10 services has also been introduced to reduce delays on key routes, particularly the A19.

New connections on the X10 include Dalton Park, after customer feedback highlighted over 50% of passengers support the shopping village stop-off.

The seven new double-deck buses feature bright livery, wi-fi, leather seats, USB power sockets, next stop audio-visual announcements and are fitted with Euro 6 engines to reduce harmful emissions. The upper deck of the vehicles also feature gaming tables, including popular casino favourites and snakes and ladders.

Go North East managing director Kevin Carr gave Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen a tour of one of the buses, during a stop-off on Stockton High Street.

Mr Houchen said: "This is a significant investment by Go North East, which will provide bus passengers with an enhanced service and fantastic new vehicles.

"Sustainable, comfortable and efficient public transport and improved connectivity are a key part of our plans for the Tees Valley and I welcome the commitment shown by Go North East to supporting this and to putting passengers first and improving their journeys."

Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said: "This latest investment, coupled with our recent PS1.6m spent on rolling out contactless payments, shows our commitment to providing convenient, comfortable, safe and sustainable transport in the Tess Valley and wider region."

For more information about Go North East, visit www.gonortheast.co.uk.

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The new X9 and X10 buses

Kevin Carr (left) on board the new X9 X10 bus with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen KEITH TAYLOR

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2017
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