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17th January 2021


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26th November 2022

Route 505
(Harlow to Waltham Abbey, Saturdays, 6 return journeys, ECC service)

Transferred from Central Connect to Vectare.

Vectare are also making minor timetable changes to their Saturday network centred around Waltham Abbey.  

21st November 2022

Route 418
(Epping, St Margarets Hospital to Loughton Station, Mondays to Saturdays, evey 2 hours, ECC service)

Transferred from Central Connect to Vectare.

Vectare are also making minor timetable changes to their Monday to Friday network centred around Waltham Abbey.

30th October 2022

Outside Harlow but one one Harlow's key operator, Central Connect, continues its expansion of services with the assumption of Saffron Walden to Audley End service 59/590, taking over from Stephensons, who also have lost most other routes anywhre near our area in recent months. 

2nd January 2021

Route 87 (Harlow to Debden, Epping Forest Shopping Park, Arriva, Mon - Sat, hourly)

The existing service was withdrawn at the end of 2020. Two replacement services will start, as follows:

A regular bus service, numbered 542/542A will serve the Loughton to Debden circle, each hourly Monday to Saturday.

Epping Forest District Council will start a demand-responsive replacement service DaRT87, largely replacing the whole of the existing service, on a 3-month trial basis. Further details:

Christmas Day Bus services

For a number of years, route 510 has operated an hourly service on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. This year, the service will also operate, even in these times of very much reduced demand, but only 6 return journeys spread throughout the day. Route 309, Stansted Airport to Thorley Park, will also be operating.

The year, 2020.

Following the first lockdown in March, significant reductions to services operated by both Arriva and Trustybus/Central Connect came into force, providing a skeleton service. As restrictions started to ease, the skeleton services became unsafe at certain times due to the requirement to social distance, and so services started to revert to nearer normal levels, aided by the significant Government support that became available. Passenger numbers remained far lower than traditional levels though, reported nationally to be nearly 40% down.

The year ends with an even stricter lockdown coming into force, although less well adhered to that the first, but with service levels this time being largely maintained.

The services of Essex County Council/Epping Forest Community Transport and Go-ahead have operated largely unchanged.    

January 2020

Route 59 (Harlow to Chelmsford, hourly Mon-Sat Arriva, 2-hourly Sundays First)

Whole service will no longer deviate to serve Old Harlow Post Office.

25 October 2019

Route HSB1 (EFCT, Chruchgate Street to Harlow Bus Station, Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat, 5 return journeys).

Reduced to 3 journeys per day, Saturday service withdrawn. 

2 September 2019

Route 392 (EFCT, Water Lane to Rye Park, Mon-Fri, Hourly, plus 1 jny Saturday)

Revised to start at Harlow Bus Station then Third Avenue, Katherines Way and present route to Hoddesdon. Withdrawn between Hoddesdon (Clock Tower off-peaks, Duke Street in peaks,  and Rye Park).

29 July 2019

Routes 2 and 3
(Arriva, Harlow Bus Station and Staple Tye Circular)

Off-peak and Saturday frequency reduced from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes.

Route 86 (Arriva, Harlow and Waltham Cross, Mon-Fri, every 90 minutes)

Off-peak frequency reduced to every 2 hours

20 April 2019

Route 424 (Trustybus, Harlow and Hertford via Stanstead Abbotts, Mon-Fri, 9 return journeys)

Withdrawn after operation on 19 April.

3rd March 2019

Route 9 (Arriva, Harlow and Epping via Potter Street, Mon-Sat, every 15 minutes Harlow to Potter Street, every half hour on to Epping)

Withdrawn between Potter Street and Epping, revised frequency every 20 minutes throughout.

22nd October 2018

Route 410 (Trustybus, Harlow to Waltham Cross, Mon-Fri half-hourly, Sats hourly)

Alternate journeys on Mondays to Fridays withdrawn between Waltham Cross and Brookfield Centre.

Route 420 (Trustybus, Harlow to Ongar, half-hourly Mon-Sat, hourly Suns with additional hourly service between Harlow and Epping).

General minor revision to timetable on 418/418B/420/420A. Additional Sunday 420journeys between Harlow and Epping withdrawn.

Route 424 (Trustybus, Harlow to Hertford, Mon-Fri, hourly)

Reduced from hourly to 9 return journeys.

2nd September 2018

Route 9 (Harlow to Epping, Monday to Saturday, every 20 minutes)

Frequency revised to every 15 minutes from Harlow to Potter Street with alternate buses extended to Epping.

Friday 3rd August 2018

Routes 86 and 87

Both routes taken over by Arriva on timetables which are at similar levels of frequency to the previous full (31st July and before) timetables.

Wednesday 1st August and Thursday 2nd August 2018

Routes 86 and 87

Emergency timetable in operation by EOS following legal issues preventing the take up of the services by Arriva

31st July 2018

Route 86 (Harlow to Waltham Cross via Upshire) and
Route 87 (Harlow to Epping Forest Shopping Park)

Last day of full operation by EOS.

Route S1 (see entry for 4th June below)

Last day of operation

24th July 2018

Route 575 (Go-Ahead London, Harlow to Romford, Mon-Fri, 1 return journey)

Tuesday journey extended from Romford to Southend until and including 28 August. Note that unlike last year, there will be no service beyond Romford on other days nor any service to Clacton and of course there is now no Saturday service.

Route 441 (Stephensons, Saffron Walden to Old Harlow, Mon-Fri, 1 return journey)

Route withdrawn between Takeley and Old Harlow

2nd July 2018

Route 410 (Harlow to Waltham Cross, half-hourly Mon-Fri, hourly Sats)

One late journey on both the Monday to Friday and Saturday timetables withdrawn

4th June 2018

New Route S1
(New Route by EOS, Mondays to Saturdays 6 return journeys, Sundays 4 return journeys)

Harlow Bus Station, Potter Street, M11, Redbridge Station, Stratford.

Route 86 (Harlow to Waltham Cross via Upshire, Mon-Sat)

Rerouted direct between Tylers Cross and Waltham Abbey (no longer serving Nazeing). Saturday Service withdrawn.

3rd April 2018

Route 87 (EOS, Sumners/Katherines and Harlow to Epping via Stewards and Epping Green)

Route recast as follows:
Sumners/Katherines to Harlow via Katherines Way section withdrawn. Main service now starts at Harlow Bus Station and then runs via Katherines Way, double run to Water Lane roundabout (note, not serving Sumners/Katherines) then Staple Tye, Stewards, existing route to Epping and then extended to Ivy Chimneys, Piecing Hill, Theydon Bois, Debden Lane, Pyrlers Lane, Debden Estate, Debden Broadway, Bullfields, Trapps Hill, Loughton High Road, Loughton Station, and Oakwood Hill to Debden Seedbed Centre. Frequency reduced to hourly with additional journeys in peaks between Sumners/Katherines (serving both estates in full) and Epping  but not serving Harlow Town Centre.

The above service replaces route 542 in Loughton/Debden. 

29th March 2018

Routes 40/40A (Trustybus, see 2nd January below)

Service withdrawn after this date.

Route 420 (Trustybus, Harlow to Ongar)

Introduced commercially on Sundays, Harlow to Ongar, every hour throughout with additional hourly journeys Harlow to Epping to give a bus every 30 minutes over that section.

Route 501 (NIBS, Harlow to Ongar, Sundays only, ECC contract every 2 hours)

Service withdrawn.

11 March 2018

Route 10 (Arriva, Harlow Town Station and Church Langley)

One bus per hour extended from Harlow Bus Station to Hertford via Ware.

Route 724

The hourly short journeys between Harlow and Hertford withdrawn.

2nd January 2018

Route 5 (Trustybus, Sumners Farm and Harlow Bus Station, Mon-Sat, hourly).

One morning peak journey restored (see 27 August change below)

New Routes 40/40A
(New Route by Trustybus, Mondays to Fridays, every 20 minutes)

Harlow Rail Station (peaks only), Harlow Bus Station, Second Avenue, Clock Tower, Church Langley circle (Church Langley Way, Lane End, Kiln Lane) and return to town. Off peak service operates via Maddox Road as route 40A as a replacement for route 9A (see 11 December below).

Route 441 (Stevensons of Essex)

Previous route amended to provide a replacement for previous route 322 (see 23 December below). One return journey on schooldays between Old Harlow and Saffron Walden, serving Sheering, Hatfield Heath and Takeley, Elsenham and Henham instead of Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford. 

27 December 2017

Routes 419/420 and New Route 420A. (Trustybus)

Route 419 (Harlow to Epping via North Weald) withdrawn. Route 420 continues as the main service between Harlow, Thornwood, Epping, North Weald and Ongar). Additional journeys introduced as route 420A as a supplement between Epping and North Weald, still via Thornwood, actually terminating at Tylers Green (The Talbot).

23rd December 2017

Route 322 (Regal, Old Harlow and Saffron Walden, Mon-Fri Schooldays, 1 return journey)

Route withdrawn

20 December 2017

Route 86 (EOS, Harlow to Waltham Cross via Upshire, Mon-Sat, every hour)

Frequency reduced to every 90 minutes.

Route 87 (EOS, Harlow to Epping)

Route recast to operate as follows.
Monday to Friday main service operates from Sumners/Katherines fast via Katherines Way to Harlow Town Centre and then onward to Epping via Abercrombie Way, Staple Tye, Stewards, Paringdon Road, Sumners Farm and Epping Green. Basic frequency every 30 minutes.

Saturday service starts at Harlow Bus Station and operates to Epping via Staple Tye and Monday to Friday route (no service to Sumners/Katherines).

11 December 2017

Route 9/9A (Arriva Harlow to Potter Street, every 20 mins, Mon-Sat)

Main route withdrawn from Clock Tower loop and extended from Red Lion to Thornwood and Epping. Route 9A variant via Maddox Road withdrawn.

29th October 2017

Route 575 (Go-ahead, Harlow to Romford, 1 return journey, Mon-Sat)

Saturday service withdrawn.

1st September 2017.

Route 87 (EOS, Harlow and Epping)

27th August 2017

Following the most recent round of ECC tendering, a number of changes are expected:

Route 5 (Arriva, Harlow to Little Parndon/Pinnacles) - renumbered 14, now operates off-peak only.
Route 5 (Arriva, Harlow to Sumners Farm) - transferred to Trustybus
Routes 47 and 147 (Regal, Harlow to Ongar/Toot Hill) - Withdrawn in current for and replaced by a community bus.
Route 418B (Trustybus, Harlow to Loughton) - Sunday service transferred from Trustybus to Arriva (no change to Trustybus weekday services)
Evening routes 1B/2/3/4/6A/8A/10 - restructured to better follow the daytime pattern as 1/2/3/4/6/8/10.
Sunday routes 4/10/11/12 - transferred from Regal to Arriva and restructured to better follow weekday pattern as 1/2/4/6/8/10.

Routes 380/1/2 - consolidated as a standardised route 381 operating between Harlow and Coopersale only (withdrawn from Toothill and Ongar). Transferred from Regal to Community Transport.

25th July 2017

Route 575 (Harlow to Romford, 1 return journey, Mon-Sat) will once again extend from Romford to the coast during the school holidays. This year journeys to Southend will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Wednesdays and Fridays buses will instead run to Clacton-on-Sea.

5th June 2017

Route 59 (Harlow to Chelmsford, hourly Mon-Sat, every 2 hours Suns)
Route extended on Mondays to Saturdays within Chelmsford to Anglia Ruskin University.

Town routes
Minor changes, often reductions to early or late journeys, on routes  1, 2/3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.

28th April 2017

Route 391 (Harlow to Bumbles Green via Roydon Hamlet, Mon-Fri, 1 return journey)
Last day of operation - withdrawn without replacement

Route 410A
(Harlow to Waltham Cross via Hunsdon, Mon-Fri, 6/7 journeys)
Last day of operation - replaced with equivalent standard route 410 journeys from the following Monday

10th April 2017

Route 424 (Harlow to Hertford, hourly Mon-Sat)
Frequency increased to half-hourly and hourly Sunday service introduced.

3rd April 2017

Route 86 
(Harlow to Waltham Cross via Sumners/Katherines and Nazeing)
Some peak journeys and the whole Saturday service withdrawn from Sumners and Katherines. One morning peak journey in each direction and the whole Saturday service withdrawn from Nazeing and renumbered 86A.

13th March 2017

Route 724 (Harlow to Heathrow Airport, hourly Mon-Sat, every 2 hours Sundays)
Additional hourly journeys introduced between Harlow and Hertford on Mon-Sat

8th March 2017

Routes 87 and 287
(Epping & Harlow via Sumners/Katherines, Mon-Sat. Half hourly Mon-Fri peaks, additional hourly journeys Harlow to Sumners/Katherines Mon-Fri off-peaks)
Route 287 withdrawn after this date. Route 87 diverted via Stewards and Parsloe Road after Sumners/Katherines instead of Tylers Cross (double runs from Staple Tye to Sumners/Katherines in both directions) 

4th January 2017

New Route CT392
Epping Forest Community Transport will provide a new Monday to Friday service between Tylers Cross and Hoddesdon Rye Park via Broxbourne. Details to follow.

3rd January 2017

Route 505 (Trustybus, Harlow to Chingford, Mon-Sat, 6/7 journeys)
Monday to Friday commercial service withdrawn, Saturday ECC supported service continues.

23rd December 2016

Route 392 (Trustybus, Harlow Town Station to Rye Park, Mondays to Fridays, Hourly)
Service withdrawn.

Route 410/410A (Harlow to Waltham Cross, half hourly Mon-Fri, hourly Sats and Suns. Apx. 7 journeys each way via Hunsdon on Mon-Fri (route 410A).
Hunsdon journeys reduced to rush hours only. Sunday service withdrawn.

17th December 2016

Route 87
(EOS, Harlow to Epping, Mon-Sat, every 15 mins, extended Sundays to Waltham Cross via Upshire, Hourly)
Reduced to Mondays to Saturdays, Harlow to Epping. Every 30 minutes Monday to Friday rush hours, hourly at other times.

New Route 287 
Harlow Bus Station to Sumners and Katherines via Staple Tye Shopping Centre, Mon-Fri off-peaks, every hour. Effectively additional route 87 short journeys so as to provide a combined 2 buses per hour through the day within Harlow.

1st September 2016

Route 86
(EOS, Harlow to Waltham Cross via Upshire, Mon-Sat, Hourly)
Routing back from Waltham Cross to Harlow standardised to follow inward routing via Ninefields and Upshire.

Route 87 (EOS, New Route)
Harlow to Epping Station via Staple Tye, Sumners and Katherines, Epping Green. Daily. Extended Sundays to Ivy Chimneys, Upshire, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross. Approximately every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays, hourly Sundays.

8th August 2016

Route 8 (Old Harlow Circular)
Between Harlow Bus Station and The Stow diverted via First Avenue instead of Maddox Road to approach Minchen Road from the north of Howard Way instead of the south.

Route 9 (Harlow Bus Station and Potter Street)
Off-peak service diverted via Maddox Road and Howard Way (south section) in both directions. These journeys renumbered 9A.

2nd July 2016

Route 86
(EOS, Harlow to Waltham Abbey and Upshire, Mon-Sat, Hourly).
Rerouted to also serve Waltham Cross so will operate Harlow, Waltham Abbey, Upshire, Ninefields North, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Waltham Abbey then direct back to Harlow.

mid-June (exact date unknown)

Route X10 (Regal, Bishops Stortford to London)
Service withdrawn.

13th June 2016

Route 424 (Harlow to Hertford via Stanstead Abbotts and Ware)
Diverted away from Stanstead Abbotts to operated direct via A414.

6th June 2016
Sunday routes 4, 11 and 12 will see timetable changes. An allowance for additional running time will see the loss of full all-day clock-face regular services and a small reduction in the number of journeys provided on each route.

31st May 2016

9th May 2016

Routes 390 and 391 (Harlow Town Station or Bus Station to Bumbles Green (391) or Upshire (390))
Timetable change including withdrawal of the 390 variation. Remaining service reverts to one return journey from Bumbles Green to Harlow, inward times earlier on school holidays. Outward times earlier on  Mon/Wed/Fri, later on Tue/Thur, both schooldays and school holidays!

10th April 2016

Routes 2 and 3 (Staple Tye Circle to Harlow Bus Station. Certain journeys during peak hours, evenings and on Sundays extended to Harlow Town Station)
Monday to Friday off-peak frequency reduced from every 12 to every 15 minutes. Monday to Saturday service withdrawn from Hare Street (Haydens Road) and diverted instead via Harberts Road. No change to evening ECC-supported service which continues operating via Haydens Road. Note that route 5 continues to serve Haydens Road during Monday to Saturday daytime.

Route 4 (Latton Bush to Harlow Bus Station, certain journeys during peak hours, evenings and on Sundays extended to Harlow Town Station)
Monday to Friday Peak hour service withdrawn between to Harlow Bus Station and Harlow Town Station. No change to ECC-supported evening/Sunday service which continues to serve Harlow Town Station. Note that route 392 will serve Harlow Town Station from the Latton Bush/Bush Fair area during Monday to Saturday daytime. 

Route 5
(Sumners Farm to Little Parndon, Monday to Saturday, peak hours service extended to Pinnacles - most Pinnacles journeys are separate and start from Harlow Bus Station)
The Monday to Saturday peak-hour ECC-supported journeys between Pinnacles and Harlow Bus Station transferred from Arriva to Trustybus. Remaining Arriva service withdrawn between Harlow and Little Parndon or Pinnacles.

Route 6
(Harlow Bus Station to Church Langley via Maddox Road, The Stow, Momples Road, Old Harlow, Harlowbury, and New Hall, Monday to Friday off-peaks and Saturdays).
Existing service withdrawn. Replacement service via Maddox Road, The Stow, Momples Road will be on route 8. Replacement service via New Hall and Church Langley will be on Trustybus route 418.

Route 6
New service, Monday to Saturday off-peak only, Harlow Bus Station, Town Station, Little Parndon, Princess Alexandra Hospital and return to Harlow Bus Station. Every 30 minutes, one direction only.

Route 7
(Harlow Bus Station to Churchgate Street via Maddox Road, The Stow (shops), Momples Road, Old Harlow and Harlowbury).
Existing service withdrawn. A replacement service will be operated by Epping Forest Community Transport using the number HSB01: Churchgate Street then calling at Fitzwilliams Court, Old Harlow Town, Old Harlow Post Office, the Aldi Superstore on First Avenue, School Lane, the Leah Manning Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital and terminating at Harlow Bus Station. The service will run 4 times per day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Route 8  (Harlow Bus Station and Old Harlow Priory Avenue/Old Road circular via First Avenue)
This service will be diverted to serve Maddox Road, The Stow (shops) and Momples Road instead of First Avenue. Frequency reduced from every 10 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Route 10 (Harlow Town Station and Church Langley)
Monday to Saturday daytime frequency reduced from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes.

Route 59
(Harlow Bus Station to Chelmsford Bus Station)
The Sunday service will transfer from Arriva to First Essex, returning that operator to the town. There will be some additional journeys.

Route 322
(Old Harlow to Saffron Walden, single return school journey)
Route and timetable revised. The route will no longer serve Great Hallingbury.

Route 347 (Harlow to Hatfield Broad Oak, 3 return journeys)
Reduced to operate 3 days per week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Routes 392/393
(Harlow & Hoddesdon circular)
Route reverts to a standard route running both ways between Harlow Town Station and Rye Park via Harlow Bus Station, Bush Fair, Nazeing and Broxbourne under the 392 number.

Routes 410/410A/410
(Harlow to Waltham Cross, Holdbrook Estate)
A new timetable will be introduced with service levels similar to now, essentially 2 buses every hour on Mondays to Fridays, and hourly on Saturdays and Sundays. Certain journeys on Mondays to Fridays will continue as route 410A and additionally serve Hunsdon. Journeys which were previously numbered 410X and omitted Brookfield Centre will now operate as either 410 or 410A. The 410X number will no longer be used.

Route 418/418A/418B
New Trustybus services replacing existing ECC route 541.
Route 418 will operate from Loughton to Epping via existing route 541 and then continue to Harlow via Thornwood, Potter Street, Church Langley, New Hall and Old Harlow. Monday to Saturday, hourly.
Route 418A will provide additional journeys on route 418 between Epping and Harlow, except that buses will not deviate via St Margaret's Hospital in Epping.
Route 418B will be the existing evening and Sunday 541, Loughton to Epping and Harlow via Potter Street and Brays Grove (Tillwicks Road).

Routes 419/420/421 (Harlow to Epping or Ongar)
Revisions to Trustybus services as follows:
Route 419 will continue as now (Harlow to Epping via North Weald).
Route 420 will continue as now during Monday to Friday off-peaks and on Saturdays only. (Harlow to Ongar via Epping and North Weald).
Route 421 will operate during Monday to Friday peak hours between Epping and Ongar via North Weald. The service between Epping and Harlow via Thornwood during peak hours will be on routes 418 and 418A.

Route 501 (Harlow to Ongar via Epping, Sundays, 2-hourly).
This route will transfer from Arriva to NIBS, bringing a new operator to the town.

New route 508. Routes 509/510 (Harlow to Stansted Airport).
Route 508 will operate every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes following the existing route between Harlow and Bishops Stortford and then serving Takeley before Stansted Airport.
Routes 509 and 510 will continue at the same service levels as now on Mondays to Saturdays providing a combines service every 10 minutes. On Sundays route 510 will be increased from hourly to every 30 minutes.
Note: There are related changes to routes 308/309 between Bishops Park and Stansted Airport.

Routes 542/543 (Loughton and Debden circulars)
Although not a Harlow service, this route presently operated by Trustybus will transfer to NIBS as routes 542/542A with some variation in routing.

New Route HSB01
Please see under route 7 above

2nd April 2016

Route 21 (Ongar to Brentwood)
This link service which provides an onward connection to and from Ongar will have a revised timetable with later journeys. Separate evening service 21A will no longer operate.

1st April 2016

Route 66A (Harlow to Waltham Abbey & Upshire).
This service will be renumbered to route 86. A revised timetable will be introduced.

27th March 2016

Route 301 (Bishops Stortford to Saffron Walden)
This route operated by Stephensons of Essex, replacing the involvement of Arriva Harlow with the service.

25th March 2016

Route 901 (Harlow Bus Station to Passmores Academy via Water Lane)
This service will be withdrawn after operation on 24th March 2016.

27th February 2016

New route 9
New route by Arriva Harlow. Harlow Bus Station to Potter Street via Second Avenue, Tumbler Road, Traceys Toad, Clock Tower, Potter Street, Southern Way, Traceys Road and return. Every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. Replaces part of Townlink T15.

New route 424
New route by Trustybus. Harlow to Hertford via Stanstead Abbotts and Ware, Monday to Saturday, Hourly.

26th February 2016

Routes 19, 20, 524, 524A, T15 (Townlink) R1 (Roadrunner) 741 (Olympian).
All services withdrawn after operation on this day.

1st February 2016

New Route X10

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