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Delivering quality coach travel since the 1940s

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Today we’ve got an impressive fleet of coaches with 4 coach classes for you to choose from.
This with our knowledge and experience means that we are able to arrange any type of outing for you. This is a family business that takes great pride in the quality of our service and coaches and we’re confident that you’ll become a regular customer. It all started in 1945 when Ted Scotland and Bob Bates bought a Charabanc to transport farm workers. This quickly grew to include home-to-school transport for local children. Around 1950 a Thornycroft motor-coach was purchased and saw the first private passengers transported for leisure purposes. As the fleet grew over the years a purpose-built depot was erected and became the home of Scotland and Bates in 1970. The depot has been extended as the coach fleet continues to grow. Today Scotland and Bates is owned and managed by Richard and Georgina Bates and employs 19 staff. 


We’re members of The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) which is the official recognised voice for the coach transport industry. They provide us with the latest operational and technical advice to be able to provide you with a modern service. 


You are guaranteed a quality service with Scotland & Bates Coaches as we have been given CoachMarque Quality Assured approval: the universally recognised kitemark of quality in the UK coach industry.

Let’s BUSK

All of our coaches are fitted with seatbelts to safely transport school kids in the local area. We are Simply Safe and Benchmark members; the charity has given us the thumbs up and listed us as approved operators on their website. Find us listed in the South East coverage area.

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