Epping Forest
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Brief history
Current fleet list
Route List

Brief History

Epping Forest Community Transport are a registered charity specialising in minibus transport for those who have difficulty with transport and in the voluntary sector. Much of what they do is with volunteer drivers. Their website covers this in more detail.

EFCT have been involved in bus service provision on the fringe of our area for a while with a small network of mainly isolated occasional but scheduled links in the Hoddesdon and Epping area. They came to mainstream operation when they succesfully won the ECC contract to operate the 347 (Harlow to Hatfield Broad Oak) on 4th November 2014. The 347 has always had a very high "per passenger support cost" meaning that when funding cuts were being considered it was always a strong candidate for a cut, and it is likely that this would have taken place in April 2016, except that EFCT altered the service to a 3 days per week commercial operation. This coincided with the introduction of commercial route HSB01 with replaced part of Arriva local route 7  from Churchgate Street. This also operates 3 days per week, meaning that one EFCT bus can be seen in the town on Mondays to Fridays and 2 on Saturdays.

Vehicles are typical of what you might expect in the welfare sector but are of course all accessible. Unfortunately none carry any route or destination displays to speak of. EFCT now incorporates what was once the separate Harlow Community Transport. Usefully for the local bus operations, this name is still carried on some vehicles.

The full fleet list is not know or detailed below, the pictures representing some examples of operations seen in the town.

WEBSITE: www.efcommunitytransport.co.uk/

Current fleet list

Minibus Fleet
Examples only of some vehicles noted operated in Harlow and around.


Very much alien to those who might have been used to walking onto an Enviro 200 or Solo just days before is Fiat Ducato Maxi/KFS Freedom. (R Hudson)
  EK59UCO EFCT EK59UCO Silver-based Ford Transit EK59UCO was one of the first vehicles noted on the 347. (R Hudson)
EFCT FJ10BWF An old standard of the era when minibuses were in the assention was the Iveco Daily. This example, conveniently, displays the old Harlow Community Transport name. (R Hudson)
EFCT LJ15FGX Seemingly popular with EFCT is the VW  Sprinter/Bluetec. (R Hudson)
EFCT DX09KWO Another VW noted in service is the CR50 TDI/Crafter. (R Hudson)
  YY16YXS EFCT YY16YXS A more recent VW Crafter CR50 TDI/Excel with the Harlow Community Transport name. (R Hudson)

Route List

Within Harlow:
347 Harlow to Harfield Broad Oak - 3 return journeys on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
HSB01 Harlow to Churchgate Street -4 return journeys on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Outside Harlow:

(See timetables page on EFCT website)

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Last update 19th August 2016

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