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Brief history
Current fleet list
Route List

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 ECC service 381, taking over from the local authority owned Ugobus.

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

Of the fleet shown below, many may not appear on the 381 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 are all we are expecting to see 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)

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 livery and registration number.

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 lend themselves to being an equivalent to the Vectare minibus livery with no repaint needed at all. (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 M850
This vehicle has been a regular on the 61 (Brentwood - Blackmore). It is a firmer Stagecoach example, now in all-over deep blue.



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:
381 Coopersale to Harlow. ECC contract service. PVR = 1.

Outside Harlow:

13/13A/13S - Waltham Cross to Epping (St Margaret's Hospital) via Upshire. Apx. hourly, Mon-Sat.
14 - Waltham Cross to Upshire (one journey on to Epping). Apx 5 return journrys, Mon-Sat.
19 - Ongar to Epping. Single return journey, Mon-Sat.
22 - Waltham Cross to Waltham Abbey (Skillet Hill Farm). 4 return jpurneys, Mon-Sat
61/61A/61C - Brentwood to Blackmore, Apx. hourly, Mon-Sat 

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Last update 15th November 2021

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