The history of Coachstop
Toby Lyster-Bridge, the Managing Director of Coachstop, is the great grandson of Henry Ritchie Bridge who in 1923, started the first bus service between Rayleigh and Southend-on-Sea. This small business quickly prospered and it soon became the largest bus company in the area. Sold to the British Transport Commission in 1951, Henry's two sons Alan & Norman used the proceeds of sale to start their own coach business and by the mid-1960's, the blue and white livery of "Supreme Coaches" was a familiar sight throughout the area.
By 1973, the business had come under the management and control of Mrs Eileen Bridge (Alan's widow) and her two sons, John and Ian. They took advantage of the rapid changes taking place in the transport industry and introduced a new programme of short breaks and holidays by coach. They enjoyed a period of rapid growth and by the end of the nineties, the company had carried over one million passengers throughout Britain and Europe. Following their mother's retirement along with other changes that were taking place nationally, John and Ian went their separate ways and in 2010, John's eldest son Toby took over the reins and started his own transport business, re-branding as Coachstop. This perpetuates the name of a successful and innovative executive coach hire business originally based in Leigh-on-Sea several years ago which is fondly remembered by many.
Following the purchase of new vehicles, Coachstop is well able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and provide its customers with increased standards of comfort and service. By continuous investment in its fleet and with new technology to hand, Toby is confident that Coachstop will remain part of the local transport scene for many years to come.