Current fleet list
Galleon Travel, with the bus fleet originally trading as Trustybus, emerged from the Logic Bus operations that were started on 26th March 2012. That start was when route L3 was introduced to run between Harlow and Hammond Street, competing over much of its length with Centrebus C3, which was later taken over by Roadrunner. Harlow local service 1 to Sumners & Katherines was later initiated, again competing with RoadRunner. This situation was resolved in June 2013 when a revised C3/C3A service was left to replace most of the former L3 and Roadrunner C3 route whilst the Sumners and Katherines route was left to Roadrunner. The 25 route today is the direct successor of this operation.
The Galleon private hire operation is a remnant of the original Trustline operation, being the part which wasn't sold to Centrebus.
In May 2013 the company took over Hertford to Bishops Stortford service 351 on short notice tender from Roadrunner. Further tender success saw the company take over the 541/2/3 and 392 routes from September 2013, and retain the 351 (recently renumbered 35).
Expansion in 2015 saw the takeover of many Cheshunt area locals, the introduction of a Sunday service on the 410 together with a 311 (Waltham Cross to Hertford) replacement operating as 411. Then from 16th November, a major challenge to incumbent Townlink with an 8-vehicle Harlow - Epping - Ongar service, 419/420. The Cheshunt services have been given up but the Epping and Ongar services, expanded to incorporate the 541, were won after a hard fought battle.
Vehicle policy seems to have a very significant ex-London component. Early examples were low cost low floor Dart/Pointers which gradually gave way to slightly newer next generation replacements, often Scania's. A few iterations of fleet livery have evolved, usually applied in a way which is sensitive to the body style of the vehicle. Due to the high volume of turnover in the fleet, previous operator colours have always been a quite significant component of what is presented. The arrival of Scania double decks launched of the Central Connect name and adapted colours in mid-2019, initially for the 420/420A services but now cover all vehicles services. Tender wins, particularly in Hertford, have continued.
For many years the company operated out of a base in Roydon but in August 2022 this changed and the main centre of operations moved to Stansted. Some local operations continued, from February 2023 moving to a location at Riverway, Harlow, itself a road which has house many previous operators in the town.
The vehicles shown below are those in relatively recent operation. Others may be stored, withdrawn or awaiting sale. Fleet numbers were allocated on paper from early 2022. These started to be displayed from summer.
The final chapter in the story is the sale of the company to Vectare on 24th August 2023. At this time the separate Central Connect brand is being maintained, although we anticipate a renumbering of the fleet, based on what is now being used on tracking systems. The new owners are promising 10 second-hand and 15 new vehicles for 2024, so it might be reasonale to expect that a lot of the legacy stock and probably the more unusual fleet members will dissapear.
Current fleet list