Johnsonís Coach Travel

Johnsonís Coach Travel was founded in 1909 and incorporated as a limited company in 1932. It has always been a family owned and operated business and is based at purpose built facilities at Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire. The company specialises in the provision of both British and Continental holidays together with a programme of day tours. In recent years the Company has diversified into bus operation and has been successful in winning a number of contracts mainly with Warwickshire County Council. As a bus operator Johnsonís Coaches has served Redditch for a number of years with a Thursdays only shoppers service from Henley in Arden and Stratford. This service was for a number of years regularly run using a double deck  bus which was filling in between school trips. In recent years the service is now more normally run using one of the Companyís many Bova coaches.

On Tuesday 27th May 2003 Johnsonís took over the operation of the bus services 178/9 from Redditch to Birmingham via Wythall a route that Peteís Travel had mainly operated since October 2001. The emergency Worcestershire County Council contract awarded to Johnsonís does not call for low floor bus though the Company has been using a mixture of low floor and non-low floor vehicles. The company went onto having a more long term contract for the 178 with Worcestershire County Council until October 2011. When Worcestershire County Council put the service out to tender it was registered commercially by Solihull Travel as X50. This lasted only a few weeks when Solihull Travel stopped operating as they did not have any vehicle insurance. Johnson's resumed operation of the service (still numbered X50). Following retendering they retained the service with a longer term contract with  Worcestershire County Council. On Sunday 22nd April 2012 the company took over the Sunday and Bank Holiday service 248 from Redditch to Evesham from First Midland Red.

In December 2014 the Company expanded by announcing  the purchase of the coaching part of the Whittle Coach and Bus business that had been up for sale by its owners East Yorkshire Traction. The Whittle business had been losing money for some time with the bus operation being he least profitable part of the business. The bus operation finished on Saturday 3rd January 2015 with Worcestershire and Shropshire County Councils having to find alternative operators for their tendered bus routes that were run by Whittles. The National Express diagrams were taken back by National Express just leaving the coach operation to be sold to Johnsons. Click for the official announcement