EOS London
(Part of Swallow Coaches)


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Brief history
Current fleet list
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Brief History


Swallow Coaches started a bold new service on 1st September 2014, establishing once again a link between Harlow, Waltham Abbey and Loughton in the form of new routes 66 (Debden - Harlow) and 66A (Loughton - Waltham Abbey) under the EOS London name. These routes offered a regular all-day timetable on Mondays to Saturdays using a fleet in the striking and smart livery once worn by Pennine Motor services.

The service network then evolved with the main emphasis on the commercial side moved to the Loughton/Debden - Waltham Cross corridor as the 66, where competition with Roadrunner ceased and gave the corridor exclusively to EOS. The Harlow to Waltham Cross and Upshire element is separated as the 86 (previously 66A). The seemingly simple route 66 is often beset by traffic delays when car drivers use the back lanes to escape problems on the M25, added to the bottleneck at Loughton High Road.

The next major innovation was on 1st September 2016 when new route 87 restarted  competition on the Harlow to Sumners/Katherines and Epping routes every 15 minutes. It still exists but in a much reduced form. Other routes operated locally but outside Harlow are shown below.

EOS have made strong strides in customer engagement with good printed publicity and a professional website with full fares as well as times and regular twitter updates.

Website: www.eoslondon.com



Current fleet list

Enterprise Plasma/Plaxton Primo 2
An old friend of the Harlow to Waltham Abbey corridor in the form of BU08ACV returned with the launch of the 66 and 66A. This vehicle type remains a rarity, but even so, a second example arrived in February 2015, since departed. 
661
BU08ACV

EOS Enterprise Plasma/Plaxton Primo 2 BU08ACV

A dull day at Harlow sees 661 arrive on the 86. (R Hudson)
       


Transbus Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus
During July and August 2015 the four lower numbered vehicles entered service, bringing the livery and greater consistency to the network. Their main focus is the 66 service. The fifth and sixth vehicles of the type arrived in January 2016. The first four have LED displays whilst the next two have conventional London-style white on black blinds. The highest numbered examples are recent arrivals for the 87.
751
752
753
754
755
756
757
758
759
760
761
762
HV02OZX
HV02PCY
HV02PDO
KX03HZW
LK03NLL
LK53FDE
LK53FDO
LK03NLF
LK53FDF
LK53FDC
LK03NLE
LK53FDU

EOS HV02OZX

Although mainly used on the 66, 751 has reached Harlow on the 66A (now 86) service. Fleet names and numbers yet to be applied when seen here. (R Hudson)
    EOS KX03HZW 754 shows the offside when seen here departing from the bus station. (R Hudson)
    EOS LK53FDC From the more recent batch, 760 features an effective looking stick-on front display. (R Hudson) 
    EOS LK03NLE A number of the fleet, including 761 (shown) and also 758 and 762, feature red livery, white on black LT-style custom blinds and dual doors. (R Hudson) 


Transbus Trident/Plaxton President
A January 2015 arrival in full fleet livery and with an LED display fitted was fleet number 100. On 18th January fleet number 100 suffered accident damage at Thornwood.

Then, arriving in April 2016, this time former London General via CT Plus, also in full fleet livery, was fleet number 104.

100
104
LT02ZZV
PN03ULY

EOS LT02ZZV

Fleet number 100 showing how the Harlow section of route had become the 66A, since renumbered 86. (R Hudson)
    EOSPN03ULY The most recent arrival, 104, with grey skirt. (R Hudson)




Scania N230 Omniciti
Recent acquisitions to the fleet and also presently the youngest are these. Purchased for staff transfers at Heathrow by Menzies, later operating with GHA Coaches whose livery was carried on entry to service, both are now in regular operation. 701 has since been painted into fleet colours.
701
700
YR10AZO
YR10AZV

EOS Scania Omniciti YR10AZV

YR10AZV shows the GHA livery but with fleet name removed. The silver has been carried since new. (R Hudson)
    EOS Scania Omniciti YR10AZO YR10AZO shows the nearside view. (R Hudson)


Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander Pointer
In spring/summer 2017 a number examples of this type appeared in service, of which three are in fleet livery. The others are, 2 in white and 2 in London red.
741
740
742
KP02PUK
KM02HGE
KP02PWV

EOS KP02PUK

The former London heritage is clear on KP02PUK, seen here at Epping Station on the 87. All three were purchased new by Armchair and transferred to Metroline with the rest of the bus operations upon the sale of that business. (R Hudson)
 
KX06LXG 
KX06LXH
EOS KX06LXG These two have a history which starts in the airport park and ride world. Fleet numbers, seating and their intended length of stay are not known. (R Hudson)
744
743
 
KU52YKO
KU52YKS
EOS KU52YKO Fleet numbers 744 and 743 saw service with Metroline but started their London lives with Thorpes. 742 is another which came via the Armchair route. (R Hudson)



Other vehicles
The need for spares means that some parent company vehicles will occasionally appear, as shown below.
 
EOS711

EOS EOS711

Seen operating in July 2017, this Toyota BB50R/Caetano Optimo C22F, believed to have been previously registered BX04BJF.  (R Hudson)
  CN07BAA EOS CN07BAA A former Megabus Volvo B12B/Plaxton Panther was first noted operating peak-time Harlow College journeys. The vehicle now carries Swallow Coaches livery.  (R Hudson).
  FN52MZF Swallow FN52MZF Given the ownership of EOS, inevitably the odd coach appearing on a bus route might be expected, as seen here in the case of a Volvo B12/Caetana Enigma appearing on the 66. (R Hudson)
  R714KGK  Swallow Dennis Javelin/Berkhof Radial R714KGK  Similarly Dennis Javelin/Berkhof Radial appeared on short-lived route 16. (R Hudson) 



Route List

Within Harlow:
86 Harlow to Waltham Cross via Waltham Abbey/Upshire, hourly commercial service. Mon-Sat. PVR = 2
87 Harlow to Epping via Sumners/Katherines, Stewards and Epping Green. Mon-Sat hourly with additional hourly Mon-Fri peak journeys. PVR = 1


Outside Harlow:
13
Waltham Cross to Epping
61
Brentwood to Blackmore
66
Debden and Loughton to Waltham Cross, Daily commercial service, every 30 minutes Mon-Sat, hourly Sundays . PVR = 4
854 Waltham Abbey to Debden Park School, single return journey (school service). PVR = 1.


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Last update 9th September 2017

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