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Company History

Who are we?

Owned by Mr and Mrs Alan Graham, South West Coaches is a privately owned family run company.

Where are we?

We operate from three locations: Lufton Business Park in Yeovil, Southgate Road in Wincanton and Tradecroft Industrial Estate on the Isle of Portland.

How did we get here?

In 1987 Mr & Mrs Graham went into business buying a third of a company called A. G. Hulbert and Son.  A.G. Hulbert and Son operated from Victoria Road, Yeovil and successfully ran a fleet of around 14 minibuses which ranged from 8 seats to 24 seats. The vehicles were used to transport children and adults to various schools in and around Yeovil, they also specialised in PHAB transportation (Physically Handicapped Able Bodied).  Mr Graham’s passion for the bus industry was soon realised and he grew the company over a period of 13 years adding day excursions & holidays to his portfolio. The fleet also grew at which point an opportunity came his way.

In 2000 a local company called Wakes Services came on the market. This company was based in Wincanton which posed a different set of challenges. Knowing that the operation in Yeovil was becoming larger Mr Graham decided to merge A.G. Hulbert & Son with Wakes Services thus creating South West Coaches Ltd.  The company was now providing minibus transport, school transport, public transport and private hire work alongside day excursions and holiday tours but this time on a much larger scale as the company was now in ownership of a fleet of large buses and coaches taking the total fleet size to in excess of 50 vehicles.  The Victoria Road site was quickly sold and a yard on Lufton Business Park was purchased. Over the following years Mr and Mrs Graham became the sole owners of South West Coaches Ltd.  In 2005 a new company was formed called South West Tours to concentrate on the day excursion and holiday tour part of the business.

South West Coaches went from strength to strength and in 2007 Safeway Services came on the market and a purchase agreement was made.  In the same year Yeovil Town saw a major boost to its infrastructure with four brand new Optare Solo buses, this was soon followed by a new Optare Versa for the 81 South Petherton service and an additional new vehicle to the No 1 Shepton Mallet service.  The most recent purchase came in 2009 when we entered Dorset and purchased an operation on the Isle of Portland, Sureline was now part of the South West Coaches group.

Where are we now?

We are currently one of the largest privately owned coach operators in the South West of England. We employ over 120 members of staff and have a fleet of 98 vehicles.  We continue to operate Bus Services throughout Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset with more than 629,000 journeys every year. Our School transport operation helps to get over 2,500 students to and from School and College every day.  Our day excursion programme offers more than 150 days out throughout the year whilst our 2015 Tour programme has over 25 holidays & short breaks to choose from.



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Our extensive fleet means we can cater for small airport runs for 6 people up to country wide tours for 400. To enquire about private bus/coach hire click the enquire button below.

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