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Brief History

Vectare describe themselves as a "dynamic transport solutions consultancy" but they also operate. Their website offers corporate and schools services, they have been active on some local services in the East Midlands and have in recent times gained services in Essex, nearby at Brentwood and between Waltham Cross and Epping (see route details below or on their website). They arrived in Harlow on 26th July with the assumption of long-standing ECC service 381, taking over from the local authority owned Ugobus. The service has since been renumbered 31.

Vectare recently took over Gardner Travel of Chelmsford, who seem still to trade under that name.

As of March 2022, Vectare took over the Chemlsford Park and Ride services using, for the time being, 7 hired Enviro200MMCs.

Of the fleet shown below, many may not appear on the 31 or in Essex at all, but they are included for completeness.  


Current fleet list

Mercedes Benz Sprinter/EVM Cityline
Vehicles from this part of the fleet have all seen service in Harlow. Standard livery seems to be two shades of blue stripes at the rear on a silver base, although 203 is all silver. They are also used on the Waltham Cross - Epping routes.
Vectare WN69FYL The pioneer of the fleet, being the eldest and carrying the lowest fleet number, 200 is seen at the bus station on the 381. (R. Hudson)

Vectare RX20RJV

Next is fleet no. 201, which presents the same smart new image on route 381. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare WV20VDG Fleet no. 202, again in the same livery, showing the nearside view. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare RE70EZU Fleet no. 205 in the same livery again. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare RX71TGK The newest and final fleet number is 206, which is a later 2021 arrival. It does not yet carry the rear blue flashes, as can be seen. It is showing the new number 31 for the Harlow - Coopersale service, which took effect from 4th January 2022.  (R. Hudson)

Alexander-Dennis Enviro200MMC
Two examples (the '16 reg. ones) originated with Abellio in London. After being sighted in service in Brentwood, early October saw both operate on the 381 (on different days, naturally). They are 24-seat variants and were single door from new. A third example originated with Weavaway in Newbury, as is evident from the  registration number.

As of March 2022, Vectare took up the Chelmsford Park and Ride services and initiated them with no less than 7 further examples of the type (YX22OGJ to YX22OGP) from white dealer stock, which seemingly are now being replaced with later examples in black (fleet number 307 onwards). Two white vehicles would seem to remain operational. The new intake are branding for each of the separate services.

June 2022 saw the arrival of 314 (YX22OHA) in company colours, and a second example, 315 (YX22OHB) followed in July. 314 was then noted in July 2022 repainted black.

Vectare YX16OBS

Still in all-over red from its London days and without fleet name at this point in time, YX16OBS. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare YX16OBO Sister vehicle YX16OBO shows the off-side view. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare YX69NWB The Weavaway colours carried by YX69NWB could very easily could have lent themselves to being an equivalent to the Vectare minibus livery with no repaint needed at all, but instead this vehicle has now been repainted to Arriva Max in reverse. (R. Hudson)
    Vectare YX22OGP Turning to the hired vehicles for the Chelmsford Park and Ride, one vehicle on each of the 2 services, led by YX22OGP, since departed. (R Hudson)
    Vectare YX22OGS The latest arrivals for the P&R are in black with relavent branding. 307 (YX22OGS) is seen here on the 701. (R Hudson)
    Vectare YX22OGY 312 in the same location showing the green branding for Chelmer Valley 702. (R Hudson)
    Vectare YX22OHB And the latest arrivals for other work are YX22OHA and YX22OHB. The latter is seen here. (R Hudson)

Ford Transit

Vectare EN16WKT

. (R. Hudson)

Alexander-Dennis Enviro 200/E20
The older style Enviro 200 is represented by this example, which saw service previously with White Bus
of Windsor

Vectare YX67UXO

Presently stripped back to all-white, this vehicle is seen en-route from Brentwood to Blackmore on the 61, which was once operated by Arriva at Harlow when it was known as the 261, a number dating back to Eastern National days. (R. Hudson)

Mercedes O815D/Sitcar C29F
This coach carries the livery of Gardner Travel, being a sort of sand yellow wit large fleet name in script and a few blue flag shapes. It has been seen on driver relief duties at Waltham Cross and on rail replacement services



Optare Solo
A regular type on the 61 (Brentwood - Blackmore) is the Optare Solo. Initially a former Stagecoach M850 example featured. From May a different vehicle appeared, this time a M920 once of Ipswich Buses.

Vectare KX55PFK

Seen at the Blackmore terminus in Damoray blue is 299. (R Hudson)
    Vectare YN04LWK In the same location, the same class of vehicle and very similar in age, but a very different look on 297. (R Hudson)

Optare Versa
This vehicle was once in service in London but now appears to advertise the manufacturer. Its centre doors have been neatly removed. It as been noted in service on rail replacements in London/Essex.



Scania K360EB4/Irizar i6
This coach appears on rail replacements and on school services. It is in all silver.



Wright Streetlite DF
Out on its own is a singular Wright Bros product. Livery is all-over red.



Route List

Within Harlow:
20 Latton Bush School to Harlow Bus Station - commercial feeder to/from route 31. Single journey each way.
30 Coopersale to Epping (St Margaret's Hospital). 3 short return journeys between operations on main route 31.
31 Coopersale to Harlow. ECC contract service. PVR = 1 (for 20/30/31 combined).

Outside Harlow:

13/13A/13C - Waltham Cross to Epping (St Margaret's Hospital) via Upshire. Apx. hourly, Mon-Sat. Two peak hour
journeys to/from North Weald.
14 - Waltham Cross to Upshire. 9 return journeys outside school times, Mon-Fri.

22 - Waltham Cross to Ninefields South (Sherbroke Road). 1 full an 2 Waltham Abbey short return journeys Mon-Fri, full hourly service throughout on Saturdays.
61/61A/61C - Brentwood to Blackmore, Apx. hourly, Mon-Sat. 1 early late/ positioning journey to/from Chelmsford from 1st August 2022. 

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