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1st August was a big day at Central Connect with the new ECC contracted services amongst those running from the new depot at Stansted. With the recent second hand E200 purchases all in livery, along with the new MMCs, there has been something of a red bus take-over in Bishops Stortford. Full branding, fleet numbers and garage code STN are also evident. A very much smartened up image is evident overall. Some of the Scania double decks that had been grandually dying have reappaeraed on the 420/A, meaning that the hotchpotch of variously coloured Solos may now at last be on their way out.
Further to the report on those latest second-hand E200s, of the eight, three different configurations are featured:
YX60DXY, YX12FPY, ML62OGY and KX08HMF are 8.8m and B29F.
LK08DWA and LK08DWE are 10.7m and B37F.
YX12DHM and YX12DHO are 10.8m and B39F.
The newly won tenders are as follows:
9 - Braintree (Great Notley) to Great Bardfield. Mon-Sat, hourly, PVR = 2. This took over an ECC contract from Stevensons.
301 - Bishops Stortford to Saffron Walden via Quendon, Newport and Audley End. Mon-Sat, hourly, PVR = 2.
305 - Bishops Stortford to Stansted Airport via Hatfield Heath and Hallingbury. Mon-Sat, hourly, PVR equivalent = 2 (but interworked in practice). This mainly replaced the previous village link 5 service.
315 - Bishops Stortford to Great Halligbury. Mon-Sat, 7 return journeys.
325 - Bishops Stortford to Little Hallingbury. Mon-Sat, 7 return journeys.
316 - Stansted Airport to Saffron Walden via Broxted, Thaxted and Debden Geeen. Mon-Sat, hourly, PVR equivalent = 2. Two schoolday journeys operate as 318 via Saffon Walden High School. This mainly replaces the previous village link 6 service.
319/320/321 - Newport/Audley End to Haverhill via Saffron Walden. Mon-Sat, 12-13 return journeys combines. PVR equivalent = 2.
322 - Bishops Stortford to Lindsell via Takeley and Great Dunmow. Tuesdays. 2 return journeys furing off-peaks.
323 - Bishops Stortford to Great Dunmow via Takeley. Mon-Sat, every 2 hours with additional 2-hourly journeys within Great Dunmow (not evenly spaced for a combined hourly service). PVR = 1
418 - Epping (St Margaret's Hospital) to Loughton. Mon-Sat, every 2 hours. This replaces the previous Stevensons tendered service.
Note that 418 and existing 505 are short-term. In fact they were awarded to Vectare, who didn't take them up. The consequence of this plus the recent rail strikes is that the 420 and 420A are running a non-schoolday timetable until September. Essentially the Monday to Friday service is x25 mins in peaks and x30 off peaks .
Over at Vectare, another smart newcomer to report is Alexander-Dennis E20D/Enviro200MMC YX22OGR (fleet No.306). It is in the full latest Vectare livery.
Finally, it's reported that Arriva drivers in Essex belonging to Unite are being ballotted on strike action. If this were to happen and not to be resolved quickly, it isn't hard to imaging some parts of the network being abaondoned by the company.