Our story began in 1983 when Fred purchased one coach. The intention was to run a few mystery tours at weekends.
Have a look at a few of our milestones along the way.
Later in the year he took his first step into the coach tour business with a Friday to Monday tour to see the Blackpool Illuminations (and we are still running Blackpool Illuminations tour 36 years later).
This was said to cause quite a stir with other well established local operators.
Shortly after this Curnow School chose Williams Travel to trial the use of a private company to provide their pupil transport. We can only deem it a success as we have an excellent working relationship with Curnow School and Cornwall Council still use us today as the schools main transport operator.
A new type of vehicle to Williams is purchased – double decker Neoplan coaches. Very popular with local bands and choirs.
The first double decker buses to be added to the fleet were purchased as a direct result of the deregulation of bus services in the previous year.
By this date (seven years after starting to trade as a coach operator) Fred Williams has increased the number of authorised operator’s licence discs to 25.
Our first brand new coaches are delivered – 2 Mercedes Touros. Just two years later we added 2 new Bovas to the fleet.
The number of authorised operator’s licence discs we have has doubled in the last ten years. It is now at a whopping 55.
This year we also felt very privileged to be invited to London to be an official transport provider for the 2012 summer Olympics. We sent 5 coaches and 14 drivers to work in London throughout the whole event.
The organisers of the Olympics were made aware that we were in the process of purchasing our first disabled access executive coach and immediately asked us to return to London the following month with 3 coaches and 7 drivers to provide transport for the 2012 Paralympics.
A mass exodus from Cornwall to London as we transported 8 coaches of Cornish Choir members to London for the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival taking place at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.
This year saw an entirely new experience for us as we were successful in our application to work for the high security firm providing transport to the NATO summit in Wales. As the eyes of the world were on Wales, our team of drivers had successfully passed the high level security checks and were on site to work day and night.