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Our History

Our History

1986 to Today

As a progressive and fast moving business we are always keen to look to the future, however sometimes it’s good to look back and see where it all began, and how we became established as one of London’s best known coach operators.

2011 was our 25th anniversary of operating coaches in the UK which gives us much cause for celebration.

Here are some important and significant datelines in our history: – 

1986 – Westbus PTY of Australia, owned by the Bosnjak family, takes over Swinards Coaches, Ashford, Kent and ADP Travel Services of Hounslow to form Westbus (UK) Ltd

1987 – An order for six new groundbreaking Jonckheere, and Van Hool single, twin-deck, and double decker coaches is placed, with a further order for 12 new coaches in 1988/1989

1992 – Ashford, Kent  depot is closed, and the coach operation is focused on the busy London depot at Hounslow.

1995 – Biggest coach booking ever undertaken by Westbus. 118 coaches were assembled to transport supporters to and from a Spain/Italy cup match at Wembley.

1999 – Westbus PTY of Australia is sold to National Express Group, with the deal including Westbus (UK) Ltd as a wholly owned subsidiary.

2001 – Westbus celebrates 15 years of successful operation in the UK.

2005 – Westbus PTY of Australia becomes part of a joint venture between Cab Charge Australia and the Comfort Delgro Corporation. Westbus (UK) Ltd becomes Westbus Coach Services Ltd.

2006 – Westbus takes over Armchair Coaches and the business becomes one of London’s largest quality coach operators.

2009 – Westbus has its most successful year and puts huge investment in to some of the best new vehicles available within the marketplace, with further new vehicles delivered in 2010.

2011 – Westbus celebrates 25 years of operating coaches in the capital.

2014 – Westbus has its most successful year on record. It grows to a fleet of over 42 vehicles.

2016 – Westbus celebrates 30 years of operating coaches in the capital.

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"The quality of coaches and drivers at Westbus is the best that I have come across."
Radisson Edwardian, John Dean
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"We have enjoyed a great working relationship with west bus for many years – long may their valued work continue."
The Barbican, Eddie Shelter
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"For many years it has been a great pleasure for our company to use Westbus for our charter coach movements throughout the UK. Providing a high standard of quality and comfort, our guests from overseas are always satisfied."
Interopa Holidays Ltd, James Cuttica

New Coaches for 2017

As our continuing commitment to our existing and future client base, Westbus is proud to announce the acquisition of 4 new Ultimate Executive Coaches to add to our quality fleet.

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