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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



Alexander-Dennis Enviro200MMC
The most modern bus type to have seen service in Harlow from First is from this class. Four of the type are based at Chelmsford.
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44560
44561
44662
YX66WBD
YX66WBE
YX66WBF
YX66WBG

First YX66WBG

With an equivalent class of vehicle from Arriva in the background, 44662 is seen on Sunday duty in Summer 2018. (R Hudson)


Alexander-Dennis E200/E20
A type which was a regular visitor to the 347 was the first to serve the new First 59 Sunday service. The Chelmsford City branding on some of the fleet is actually appropriate for the new task, although it was just as predominantly displayed on the last. Others display the "Essex" name.
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YX13AHO
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Leaving Harlow Bus Station is 44544 on the first day of the Sunday service on route 59 by First. (R. Hudson)
    First YX13AHO 44539 shows the Essex branding (this bus once carried Chelmsford City) and that the emergency exist door has been replaced without black window surrounds having been applied. (R. Hudson)
    First YX13AHP You might think that on a Sunday there would be enough unbranded vehicles available so as to avoid allocating a branded one to the wrong route. Here 44540 displays a Brentwood-Pilgrims Hatch route 37 legend. (R Hudson)
       


Alexander-Dennis Mini Pointer Dart
The small bus of the noughties, this time badged as Alexander-Dennis. Four examples, now presumably in the later days of their lives, are based at Chelmsford.
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First SN55CXE

The never especially helpful ESSEX branding is shown on 43848 on a relative rare occasion that an MPD was used on the Sunday 59. (R Hudson)


Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander Pointer
Ten years ago no fleet would be complete without this vehicle type, but that's less true today. First's Chelmsford Depot though, still has quite a number, doubtless increasing the average age profile quite significantly. Those shown below have been noted in Harlow. 
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WX05RVF
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EU05AUO
EU05AUP
EU05EAF
EU05EAG
SN05EAM
SN05EAO
SN05EAP
SN05DZO
SN05DZP
SN05DZR 
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SN05DZT
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WX56OAO
WX56OAU
WX56OAV
WX06ONC

First SN05DZS

So-called "Barbie 2" livery is shown on 42936. (R Hudson)
    First SN05EAM The current First corporate livery is shown on 42930 on a September 2018 Sunday on the 59. (R Hudson)
    First SN05DZX Same place and same purpose, 42561 shows the ESSEX name prominently. (R Hudson)


 

 



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