Lucketts Travel has reached its 90th year in business. Founded in 1926, the Fareham based business is still family owned and employs over 320 people operating almost 130 vehicles. It also owns two other brands, Coliseum Coaches and Worthing Coaches, as well as running over 100 journeys each day for National Express.
Lucketts was started in 1926 by Harry Luckett as a haulier to transport goods around the Solent. The company made its move into passenger transport when David Luckett, Harry’s son and the current chairman, said, ‘It would be easier to transport things that can walk on and off by themselves!’ He bought the company’s first coach in 1973. Every year Lucketts’ coaches travel over 8.4m miles to destinations as far afield as Austria, Italy and Spain. As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations it has been running special deals on day trips in the UK, including trips to Windsor, Portobello Market or Canterbury for £19.26.
David Luckett said, ‘We’re incredibly proud of our heritage and to have stood firm through so much change over the last 90 years. We’ve survived a world war, the energy crisis of the 1970s and a number of economic recessions and key to that has been listening to our customers and striving to provide the best quality. Now is an exciting time for us as we look ahead to further growth and evolve from being the family run local operator we started as to an industry leading regional operator with a family ethos.’