Posted by: SB Websites | April 27, 2015

ANE Sapphire 5/5A

Arriva Logo The 5/5A received the Sapphire treatment in 2014 and operates 10 brand-new Wright Streetlite MAX Micro-Hybrid’s which were purchased from new and were delivered to Stockton depot which is their operating base. The 5 operates from Easington to Middlesbrough via Loftus, Liverton Mines, Skinningrove, Brotton, Skelton High Street, Guisborough, Nunthorpe and Ormesby with the 5A starting at Brotton and operating via Skelton ASDA and then the same route as the 5 from Guisborough. Each service operates at a 30 minute frequency but this combines to every 15 minutes combined on Monday to Saturday daytimes with the services being Hourly each combining to every 30 minutes on Sundays and evenings. The PVR of the service is 10 so a Sapphire reserve vehicle is used to keep with the customer charter, it is a VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar from the ’63 plate batch that was delivered to Darlington and has been fully refurbished to Sapphire standard at only 9 months old. The Streetlites are fitted ‘Micro-Hybrid’ technology, this recovers energy lost from braking to power the vehicle electrics and compressed air systems, saving up to 10% in fuel costs. Although the name itself is slightly misleading as the vehicles themselves are a standard diesel StreetLite drivetrain, as opposed to a small diesel engine and electric motor in normal hybrids. First is Streetlite 1550 NK14 GFY and Pulsar 1512 NL63 VRF. 1550 Sapphire 5 5A 1512 Sapphire Spare

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