Go North East: 6154 / LJ62KLS
Go North East's unallocated Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6154 (LJ62 KLS), which presently retains Go-Ahead London's fleet livery, is pictured here at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn, whilst undergoing repaint and refurbishment, prior to assimilation into Go North East's fleet. 09/12/17
New in November 2012, this vehicle was previously with Go-Ahead London General as fleet number WVL508 at Putney Garage.
It was recently displaced from Go-Ahead London's fleet and purchased by Go North East, in line with the contract for service 22 (Putney Common - Oxford Circus) being retained by London General with a new allocation of 22 Hybrid double-deck vehicles (a mixture of new Volvo B5LH/MCV EvoSeti plus existing examples already in the fleet), from 21st October 2017.
Representing an investment of over £1.5 million, 13 of these buses (WVL496 - WVL508) have now been acquired by Go North East. They will be refurbished and repainted at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn, prior to assimilation into Go North East's fleet.
As part of the refurbishment at Bus & Coach World, Blackburn, the entire batch will undergo exterior repaint, centre door conversion, fitment of an entrance door ramp, seats re-trimmed including extra padding, seat legs, hand grabs and hand poles repainted, buggy bay created, with free customer Wi-Fi and new white LED destination displays also fitted.
Mechanically, this entire batch of buses have been fitted with a new Ecolife campaigned gearbox.