Based in George V Avenue, Worthing Coaches is part of the
south coast based Lucketts Travel Group.
Lucketts secured the long term future of Worthing Coaches in
2005 after the previous owners decided to retire from the
business. The move has been good news for Worthing Coaches
customers who now enjoy a wider range of holidays and day trips
thanks to the strength of the parent company.
Lucketts was started in 1926 by Harry Luckett, the current
Chairman's father. The business was predominantly a haulage and
storage business but other activities were entered into,
including keeping chickens and other farmyard animals.
David Luckett joined the company in 1963 and took over shortly
after in 1966 when Harry died unexpectedly. The company's
haulage business continued and went from strength to strength
in the late 60s and early 70s, working for major names such as
Ready Mix Concrete and Schweppes.
David purchased the companys first coach in 1976, choosing to
drive it himself. It proved a very enjoyable and successful
venture and the second coach was soon on its way. By the
mid-80s the coach fleet had outnumbered the haulage fleet and
it was clear which way the company was proceeding.
The 3rd generation of Lucketts joined the company; Steve in
1983 and Ian in 1985. Since then the Lucketts Travel Group
turnover has grown to over £12 million per year
and employs more than 140 people. The latest venture has
seen the start of a 12 vehicle per day contract for National
Express running out of Portsmouth via multiple towns throughout
the South of England to London, making Lucketts the largest
National Express operator in the South.