Fareham-based Lucketts Travel has been awarded two new contracts by National Express. As of March 18, the firm is operating the ‘A3’ service from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria and the ‘025’ Brighton to London routes.
Lucketts has invested heavily in new luxury coaches for the two routes; a total of 13 vehicles have been purchased. Six of the coaches are based at the company HQ in Fareham, from where an additional 17 drivers operate the Gatwick route. Another seven coaches used on the Brighton service are now based at the Worthing Coaches depot in Lancing. This has required Lucketts to employ an extra 24 drivers.
The firm already operates three other NX routes, from Portsmouth to Heathrow and Victoria (routes ‘203 & ‘030’), and from Southsea to Bristol (route 300). All staff employed by Lucketts to drive NX routes attend Lucketts’ own inhouse Driver Academy.
Ian Luckett, Director of Lucketts Travel, said: “We’re delighted that National Express has chosen us to operate these important routes on its behalf. Having worked closely with them for the last four years it is clear that both companies share the same determination to provide the highest levels of service, punctuality and safety for passengers.”