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Arriva Shires & Essex

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Arriva Shires & Essex is a bus operator providing services in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London Until 2002 its operations included Colchester It is a subsidiary of Arriva

Operations are split between two registered companies, Arriva East Herts & Essex Limited and Arriva The Shires Limited

Contents

  • 1 Arriva East Herts & Essex
    • 11 Harlow
    • 12 Ware
  • 2 Arriva The Shires
    • 21 Aylesbury
    • 22 Hemel Hempstead
    • 23 High Wycombe
    • 24 Hitchin
    • 25 Luton
    • 26 Hitchin/Stevenage
    • 27 Milton Keynes
    • 28 Waltham Abbey
  • 3 Former Garages
    • 31 Watford
      • 311 History
  • 4 Fleet
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Arriva East Herts & Essexedit

Two Optare Solos at Epping tube station in September 2008

Arriva East Herts & Essex Limited1 is based in Harlow, and operate two bus garages in Harlow Fourth Avenue and Ware Marsh Lane

Arriva East Herts & Essex emerged from London Country North East, one of the successor companies of London Country Bus Services LCNE was broken in two One of the successor companies, County Bus & Coach, with depots at Harlow, Hertford and Grays, was bought by its management in 1990 In 1994 County was sold to West Midlands Travel, itself bought by National Express in 1995 The Cowie Group bought County from National Express in 19962 County Bus & Coach was renamed Arriva East Herts & Essex in April 19981

Cowie had also acquired Southend Transport and Colchester Borough Transport with its acquisition of British Bus in 1996 Both companies became part of Arriva East Herts & Essex, but in 2002 were transferred to Arriva Southern Counties together with the former County depot at Grays

Harlowedit

Harlow garage was opened by London Transport on 22 May 1963 to serve Harlow New Town and also to replace Epping garage Harlow was allocated 25 AEC Regent III RTs, 16 AEC Routemasters to operate Green Line routes 718, 720 & 720A, seven RFs and two coach RFs London Country North East and County Bus used the garage until The Cowie Group purchased County Bus in 1997

This was previously an Arriva East Herts & Essex garage, but it is now part of the Tellings-Golden Miller subsidiary and buses are branded as Network Harlow

Wareedit

Ware garage replaced the Hertford depot in 1993 It runs part of route 724 along with Harlow garage Operation of London bus route 327 was transferred from Ware to Arriva London's Enfield garage on 3 January 2009 Ware did briefly become an Arriva The Shires garage in late 2010, before transferring back to Arriva East Herts & Essex On 4 September 2010, routes 250 and 251 transferred from Harlow to Ware

Arriva The Shiresedit

Northern Counties Palatine 2 bodied Volvo Olympian on route 280 in Oxford in October 2008

Arriva The Shires Limited3 is based in Luton and operates bus garages in Luton, Watford, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Stevenage, Hitchin and Hemel Hempstead

Arriva the Shires evolved from the purchase of the Luton, Aylesbury and Hitchin depots of United Counties by Luton & District Transport in a management buy-out in 19874 Depots at Watford, High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, Amersham and Slough were acquired with London Country North West in 1990,5 although Amersham has since closed and Slough was later sold to Bee Line6 LDT was bought in 1994 by British Bus, itself bought in 1996 by The Cowie Group LDT's was renamed Arriva the Shires in April 199837

Aylesburyedit

Aylesbury depot was a depot of United Counties acquired by LDT in 1987

Later in 1987, LDT also acquired the long-established Aylesbury independent company, Red Rover8

Hemel Hempsteadedit

Hemel Hempstead was a depot of London Country Bus Services North West one of the companies into which London Country Bus Services was divided in 1986, acquired by Luton & District Transport in 19887

High Wycombeedit

Leyland Olympian on route 74 in High Wycombe in July 2009 Mercedes-Benz Citaro on route 300 in High Wycombe in July 2009

High Wycombe was another depot of London Country Bus Services North West, acquired by LDT in 1988

In 2000 Arriva also bought the High Wycombe depot of the Go-Ahead Group's Oxford Bus Company which had bought it from the Bee Line in 1994

In 2005, High Wycombe garage relocated to a new purpose built depot following the closure of the old bus station in the town, where the previous garage was High Wycombe operate a number of services

Hitchinedit

Hitchin depot was a depot of United Counties acquired by LDT in 1987

Hitchin services have been worked from Stevenage garage since January 2007 following the closure of the old former United Counties garage in Fishponds Road Services around the Hitchin area have been reduced, and many are operated by other contractors including Centrebus

Lutonedit

Van Hool bodied DAF on Green Line route 757 at London Victoria in June 2009

Luton depot is purpose built and is located at 487 Dunstable Road It replaced the previous depot at Castle Street It also houses the Head Office for Arriva The Shires & Essex as well as the UK bus team

Luton operates Green Line route 757 as well as local bus services, Luton also has an outstaion at Stansted Airport which operates the EB2 an easyBus contract

Hitchin/Stevenageedit

Arriva the Shires Van Hool bodied DAF coach on 797 route in Hatfield in April 2010

The Hitchin depot was a depot of United Counties acquired by LDT in 1987

Hitchin services have been worked from Stevenage garage since January 2007 following the closure of the old former United Counties garage in Fishponds Road Services around the Hitchin area have been reduced, and many are operated by other contractors including Centrebus

Arriva is the main operator in Stevenage They operate most services in the town, along with Green Line route 797

There are two depots at Stevenage; Babbage Road ex Sovereign and Norton Green Road

When London Country Bus Services was broken up in 1986, the Stevenage depot passed to London Country North East, sold in 1988 to AJS Group who established the Sovereign brand Most of the operation was sold in 1990 to Luton & District Transport, and therefore became part of Arriva in 1996 In 1996 Arriva took over several vehicles and routes from Sovereign, by then owned by the Blazefield Group, in exchange for the London Green Line route 7979 In 2004 Arriva acquired the last remaining Sovereign operation Blazefield had already sold its London operations to Transdev London and its St Albans depot and routes to Centrebus

Increasing competition in Stevenage has seen Centrebus win Hertfordshire County Council contracts as well as expanding Uno bus running services around Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage as commercial and contracted routes

Other operators have competed in Stevenage including Transit trading as London or Stansted Transit and Shephall Express but all competition has now ended with the exception of some services operated by Centrebus

In January 2007, all Hitchin services were transferred to Stevenage depot and the old United Counties garage closed This mirrored the London Country depot situation in 1959 when the overcrowded garage at Hitchin closed and was replaced by the now demolished Stevenage Garage, the last owners of this site was Luton & District who kept the travel shop open after the garage was replaced by the Norton Green depot

Arriva the Shires Alexander Dennis Enviro300 on route 301 in Hatfield in April 2010

Stevenage services operated by Arriva have recently been rebranded as the "SB network" and renumbered accordingly

Milton Keynesedit

Optare Excel acquired with MK Metro in Bletchley in July 2010 Main article: Buses in Milton Keynes

In February 2006, the operations of MK Metro were purchased by Arriva for £56 million,10 and operational control transferred to The Shires & Essex The purchase was subsequently considered by the Office of Fair Trading for possible referral to the Competition Commission, but it decided not to11 Vehicles and publicity for the Milton Keynes operation continued to use the MK Metro name until April 2010, when they were rebranded as Arriva Milton Keynes temporarily using the brand name MK Star The change of name coincided with a number of controversial service changes12 Many services were improved in frequency as part of the rebranding but others were reduced or even eliminated,13 and some journey times were increased14

Waltham Abbeyedit

Arriva The Shires previously operated 2 routes in the Waltham Abbey area:

  • 251, Upshire to Hammond Street
  • 250, Debden Broadway to Waltham Cross

The 250 remained in competition with the 255 route operated by Harlow-based Roadrunner buses In earlier-2013, Arriva withdrew the 25015 service to provide a stronger service on the 251 and to expand onto the 310 route from Waltham Cross to Ware Many of the buses used on the 250 service can now be seen on the 251 service operating from Upshire to Hammond Street more frequently16

Former Garagesedit

Watfordedit

Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120 on route 268

As at May 2015, Watford garage operated London routes 142, 258, 268, 288, 303, 305, 340, 631, 642, H2, H3, H18 and H1917 It also operated LSP route 8, and school routes As part of a decision to consolidate all of Arriva's Transport for London routes, Watford garage was transferred to Arriva London on 1 January 20161819

Historyedit

Watford was a depot of London Country Bus Services North West one of the companies into which London Country Bus Services was divided in 1986, acquired by Luton & District Transport in 19887

Fleetedit

As at May 2015, 88 buses were dedicated to the Transport for London servicescitation needed

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 2294927 Arriva East Herts & Essex Limited
  2. ^ Arriva Aylesbury website: The Arriva Story so far
  3. ^ a b Companies House extract company no 2116519 Arriva The Shires Limited
  4. ^ Competition Commission report 1998 Archived 31 July 2003 at the Wayback Machine para 330
  5. ^ Ampyx Web World - "London Country Bus Services"
  6. ^ BeeLine Company History easywebeasynetcouk
  7. ^ a b c Competition Commission Report 2005 Archived 3 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine para 24
  8. ^ Buses Extra, February-March 1989
  9. ^ Competition Commission report 2005 Archived 3 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine para 27
  10. ^ Arriva press release on MK Metro purchase Archived 28 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine arrivacouk - Retrieved 24 December 2007
  11. ^ OFT decision on purchase by Arriva Archived 4 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine oftgovuk - Retrieved 24 December 2007
  12. ^ Arriva Milton Keynes website
  13. ^ For example, the Two Mile Ash - Stony Stratford service
  14. ^ Milton Keynes Citizen - 15/4/2010 digital edition pagesuite-professionalcouk, page 31
  15. ^ "250 search results" Arriva 
  16. ^ "251 timetable" Arriva Retrieved 25 April 2013 
  17. ^ Carr, Ken May 2015 The London Bus Guide 5 ed Boreham: Visions International Entertainment p 116 ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0 
  18. ^ Arriva London adds four more garages Arriva London
  19. ^ "Arriva London" Buses Magazine Issue 731 February 2016 page 66

External linksedit

  • Media related to Arriva Shires & Essex at Wikimedia Commons
  • Arriva UK bus website
  • HarlowRide - Harlow Travel Information

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