As has been pointed out in the comments over the last few days, ALL Optare Solos with Plymouth Citybus are heading North to join the Go North East fleets.
Clearly they are very keen to get them repainted and into service as here we see 708 WK58EAG already in the paint shop being rubbed down for repaint! Hopefully we will have photos of them in service in full livery shortly!
Plymouth buses 206-209 will be Go North East 706-709 whilst Plymouth 220-224 will be going later to become 710-714.
The reason for their transfer is:
- Go North East has gained extra contract work, requiring an extra 3 buses
- Go North East need to replace 13/14 year old Dennis MPD buses
- Solo are non standard at Plymouth
- Solo are now standard at Go North East - them having taken 15 from fellow Go Ahead company Thames Travel in the last 4 months, and with 66 bought new in their fleet
Thanks to Jason and Richard for the Plymouth photos and Andrew Tyldsley for sending in the Go North East photos.