It wasn’t just Portsmouth FC marking one of the most important days in its recent history today (March 31). Local coach firm Lucketts Travel undertook one of its biggest operations to date – transporting more than 2,000 fans to Wembley for the Check-A-Trade Trophy Final.
Over the space of around an hour the company safely boarded thousands of fans onto more than 40 vehicles at Fratton Park. Extra logistical staff, drivers and vehicles were brought in specially for the day, ensuring all ran like clockwork. Managing director Tony Lawman said: “It was a huge operation but this is where Lucketts really comes into its own. With weeks of planning beforehand we were able to make sure the day ran smoothly and customers had a great experience.”
Because Lucketts has several sister companies within its umbrella it was able to call upon a raft of extra vehicles and drivers to cater for the high demand for coach travel. Lucketts Group incorporates four other coach brands and, boasting an impressive 160 vehicles within its fleet and employing more than 300 people. As official travel provider for the club, Lucketts also had the responsibility of transporting the team to the game on its dedicated VIP coach. The vehicle features its own kitchen, Wi-Fi and even Sky TV.
Taking into account the away fans, team and individuals who booked private hire vehicles to the game, Lucketts estimates it transported more than 2500 people to Wembley.