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 4th August 2018


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Introduction

The major "big group" operator in the town and the largest player, the local Arriva operation has its roots in the old London Transport country bus network. Its garage lies close to the town centre and is one of only two original former London Country garages remaining operational. After being London Country North East, County Bus was formed where Harlow was the head office. A short spell under West Midlands Travel ownership, then onto being part of the Cowie group, which transformed into Arriva. In 2010 management responsibility within Arriva changed to the TGM group, which was accompanied by the and introduction of the Network Harlow name and dark blue livery for local services together with the SX Connect name for out of town services 59 and 509/510 (along with the 133 at Stansted). In 2016 this reversed with the transfer of management responsibility to the Arriva Kent Thameside part of the business and the Network Harlow and SX Connect names have been dropped and more usual Arriva liveries have returned once again with only a single exception remaining.

The services operated, much reduced from their peak, include a mixture of both town and country routes. Most services are operated commercially during Monday to Saturday daytime, although most evening journeys and Sunday services operate under contract to Essex County Council or receive other financial support. Good efforts have always been made to market the network. Service leaflets are available from the travel office in the bus station and a website with route diagrams and local timetable information is available at www.arrivabus.co.uk/harlow/ 

After a long period where there was a wide-range of fleet types and some fluidity almost each month, in 2016 this became much more settled with just 4 types remaining in service. This as grown again a little with some of the other types which are typical in the Arriva Kent Thameside fleet coming and going, for the short or long term, as needed.

The most recent development to take place, effective 3rd August 2018, is the assumption of three commercial routes formerly operated by EOS, being the 66, 86 and 87. Seven vehicles were corralled for the start and no EOS vehicles were borrowed or bought.


Fleet

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 45
An attempt was made in late 2017 to reintroduce minibuses in a number of areas where Arriva Kent Thameside operate. By all accounts these were not popular and in many cases they have quite quickly been stood down or scattered elsewhere around the fleet. Two arrived in Harlow in Spring 2018 and took up service on the 6/8 town services, often 1 of the 2 vehicles allocated. One remains operational.  
1015
BF67WGN

Operating with a route card in the window, 1015 is seen at Harlow Bus Station. (R Hudson)
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Alexander-Dennis Enviro200MMC
A fleet of brand new vehicles took over routes 508/509/510 in 2017
. The first vehicles were noted in the area in mid-June with the first noted entry into service being Monday 19th June and all 12 in service by 28th June. They are B45F and 9 carry route branding but 4084/5/7 are plain and as yet do not carry the fleet number (still correct at August 2017). They regularly stray onto other routes, especially the 9, 10 and 724, and the strays include the branded examples.

One additional vehicle of this type was part of the EOS commercial route take-up. 
4076
4077
4078
4079
4080
4081
4082
4083
4084
4085
4086
4087
4124
YX17NGJ
YX17NGN
YX17NGO
YX17NGU
YX17NGV
YX17NGY
YX17NGZ
YX17NHA
YX17NHB
YX17NHC
YX17NHD
YX17NHE
SN67WUO

Arriva YX17NGO

Just prior to entry into service, 4078 shows the updated lighter blue livery, WIFI/USB charging capability and route branding with rather limited detail. (R Hudson)
    Arriva YX17NGY In service is 4081, with branding but with LED display not functioning as yet. (R Hudson)
       

 

Optare Versa
An upgrade for the 59 in November 2008 brought 2 brand new vehicles to a service that was hitherto run using a pair of Solos that were just 4 years old. The arrival of this new class of vehicle meant that brand new fleet investment had taken place at Arriva for 5 consecutive years, although there then remained a gap lasting until 2017. In September 2013
SX connect branding replaced the previous Arriva inter-urban livery that had originally been carried, in both cases route 59 branding was applied to the livery. This was reversed in April 2016. The vehicles concerned were, now numbered 4198/9, were numbered 2406/7 until the end of 2013.

In January 2015 6 further examples arrived from the Medway area (4230/1/6/7/8/9) to replace the remaining fleet of Volvo B6LE's. These are the primary allocation on town services 2 and 3.

During summer 2015 a number of loans appeared including 4203, 4204, 4210 and 4213. None remained operational into October 2015.

The fleet strength was expanded to 10 by the addition of 4228 and 4232, also from within the Kent Thameside fleet.
4198
4199
4228
4230
4231
4232
4236
4237
4238
4239
YJ58PFY
YJ58PFZ
KX62JTV
KX62JVW
KX62JWF
KX62JWG
KX13DHF 
KX13DHG 
KX13DHJ
KX13DHK

Arriva KX62JWG

Recently arrived at Harlow is a pair including 4232, showing Maidstone to Faversham route 333 branding (since removed). (R Hudson)
    Arriva KX13DHG

The new intake in service on town route 4 just ahead of the full conversion of the 2 and 3 routes. The arrival of these vehicles heralded the rebirth of the full Arriva branding for the Harlow network.  (StevoJ3026)

       

 

Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban
These were the fleet that was essentially dedicated to the 508/509/510, the 510 having been converted to the type on 6th December 2004 in a dedicated branded livery. Gradual frequency increases saw more vehicles joining the fleet, some new, others not. For a while the original livery was replaced by SX Connect deep blue but standard inter-urban without branding became the norm in 2016. The most recent vehicles to join the fleet were 12 examples of the "11" registered batch which transferred from Ware in August 2016 where they had previously operated on the 310 (Herford to Waltham Cross). These entered service with 310 branding (3883 still has it, August 18!). Fleet examples visited the 10 and 724 services frequently.  

Following the arrival of the E200MMCs in June 2017, the majority of the fleet moved out to Stevenage with just 4 remaining, the 10 being their residual mainstay. This was boosted in December 2017 for the expansion of route 9 and the fleet size increased with some of the originals returning. In Spring 2018, 3815 and 3820 joined the fleet from Kent. The latter is the only vehicle in the fleet to carry Arriva MAX livery. 

Others have 
3815
3820
3856
3857
3874
3881
3882
3883
GN07AVB
GN07AVG
KE54LNR
KE54LPC
KE57EPC
KX11PZY
KX11PVD 
KX11PVE

Arriva KE57EPC

A dedicated livery for the 510 was introduced many years ago when two Optare Deltas and two standard (high-floor) Darts were the dedicated fleet. This was elaborated with the arrival of this fleet in 2004, but has now been swept away with the repaints of 2016. 3874  sits in the bus station showing the present livery offering, including the warning about falling prices. (R Hudson)
    Arriva KX11PUK The 2016 intake of 2011 former 310 batch is represented here by 3876 (since left). The 310 branding was still in place when seen here on the 510. (R Hudson).
    Arriva GN07AVG A recent addition, once a fastway-liveried vehicle used at Bluewater, but latterly on other local services in Kent, 3820 demonstrates MAX livery. It's seen here standing in for an MMC on the Stansted-Harlow group of routes. (R Hudson).


Alexander-Dennis Enviro200
A number of these vehicles were drafted into Harlow on loan in 2017, not long after Arriva Kent Thameside assumed responsibility for Harlow. We believe this was part of an exercise to allow for repaints and generally enhance the local fleet. It was short-term and all left after some months.

At the end of July 2018, in anticipation of the take up of EOS routes, three examples from around the fleet were drafted in. Whether their stay is short or long term is not known. 
1641
3994
4060
GN57BOH
GN07DMO
GN59FVB

Arriva GN59FVE

An example of the fleet type from their first incursion into Harlow is seen at Harlow Town Station. (R Hudson)
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Mercedes Citaro
A fleet of 9 vehicles were introduced new in 2006 and allocated to Green Line 724. All have Green line 724 branding. A further additional vehicle was added in 2008, but since then three of the fleet have departed. The vehicles were numbered 3901-7/10 until the end of 2013. For some time, substitute vehicles on the 724 have been a regular occurrence. Conversely, it's common to see Citaro's on local route 10.

All entered service in Green Line livery, but in June 2016 3895 received a repaint to standard livery, followed by all of the other "06" registered vehicles during the rest of the year. All still have Green Line 724 branding.

 
3891
3892
3893

3894
3895
3896
3897
BU06HSD
BU06HSE
BU06HSF

BU06HSG
BU06HSJ
BU06HSK
BU06HSL
  Arriva Mercedes Citaro BU06HSJ

The first example from the fleet in Arriva livery, 3895,  still with Green Line branding. (R Hudson)

 
      Arriva Mercedes Citaro BU06HSJ2 Here the nearside image of the same vehicle (R Hudson)  
   

 

Optare Solo
It took from the very earliest intake until November 2009 for Harlow to have a fully standard minibus, but the Optare Solo finally conquered all, even if there area lot less minibuses than there once were. A number of batches entered service progressively from June 2004. A reduction in the number of Solos in the fleet took place with the transfer of the 251 (and 250) to Ware in September 2009.

In May 2011 the first two vehicles received Network Harlow livery, completion of this exercise taking until September 2012. This process started to be reversed in June 2015 with 1474 and then 1453 in August returning to Arriva livery. The pace of this change stepped up in 2016 and now just one vehicle, 1454, remains  operating with this livery.

All of the Harlow-based Solos had their fleet numbers changed from the equivalent number in the 2xxx series during December 2013 or January 2014. A former deserter, 2488, which returned in December 2017, escaped the renumbering. 

1457/8, 1466/7 and 1474 are M880's, whilst the others are M950's except 1508 which is an M920.



1453
1454
1456
1457
1458
1459
1460
1466
1467
1507
1508
1517
1518
2488
YJ06FXS
YJ06FXT
YJ06FXV
KE04PZF
KE04PZG
KE54OSU
KE54OSV
KE55KTD
KE55KTC
YJ57EJN
YN03NCF
YJ07VPY
YJ07VRC
YJ57EJK
Arriva Optare Solo YJ56ATZ

Freshly repainted back to Arriva livery, 1474 is seen on a version of route 6 which operated until 10th April 2016. (R Hudson)






2455 was the first Solo to receive Network Harlow livery, as it was the first and only Solo at Harlow to receive inter-urban livery prior to the repaint above. It is seen here on a since-discontinued version of route 6.  (R Hudson)  
Arriva Optare Solo YJ06FXS The nearside aspect  is shown on 1453 at the bus station.  (R Hudson)  
    Arriva Optare Solo YJ57EJN T15 replacement route 9 is illustrated by relatively recent incoming vehicle 1507. (R Hudson)  

 

DAF SB120/Wright Cadet
One of a couple of likely end-of-life vehicles which have found their way to Harlow. This was brought along with the other EOS replacement draftings.    
3523
 
 
LJ03MYK
 
 

 

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Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown
There was a short-term vehicle shortage in summer 2017 and a number of vehicles from within the Arriva Kent Thameside network were loaned to Harlow. One such vehicle has stayed and seems to have taken up residence on route 10. This vehicle, transferred from Stevenage, started life working there for Sovereign.  
3312
 
 
PN02HVL
 
 

Arriva PN02HVL

A scene on the regular haunt for the vehicle at Harlow Town Station. (R Hudson)
       


Routes

Route Principal vehicle type Vehicle requirement
(Mon-Fri)
Vehicle requirement
(Saturday)
1 Optare Solos 2 2
2 and 3 Optare Versas  6 5
4 Optare Solos or Volvo/Wright Eclipse Urbans.  2 2
6 Optare Solos. 0
(interworked with route 8)
0
(interworked with route 8)
8 Optare Solos. 2 2
9 Volvo/Wright Eclipse Urban vehicles. 4 4
10 Volvo/Wright Eclipse Urban vehicles. 2 2
59 Optare Versa's. 2 2
66   3  
86   1 -
87   3  
308/9 . 1 1
508/9/10 Alexander-Dennis E200MMCs.   12 12
724 Mercedes Citaros. 7 7




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