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First, through their predecessors, have a long history of serving Harlow. This ceased however when commercial route 333 was passed to Excel Coaches, this following the loss of ECC tendered work in the area.
They returned to the Harlow scene in a very small way, picking up the one-bus 347 service from 6th July 2009, this lasting until November 2014. After a gap of 17 months they then returned with the one-bus approximately 2-hourly ECC Sunday service on the normally Arriva operated 59. The 59 is a number with a long history of connecting Harlow with Chelmsford and for most of that time it was an Eastern National or First service.
Some illustrations and details are shown below of vehicles either seen operating on the 59, or which could based on them being other examples of the type and based at Chelmsford depot. This page is in no way intended to reflect the very significant allocation of vehicles the company has around Chelmsford and the rest of Essex. A full First East of England fleet list can be found at http://www.ukbuses.co.uk/fleet/firsteastengland.pdf
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