Shearings grows in the South East
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• Wigan-based Shearings, Britain's largest coach operator, is expanding its operations to Kent with the takeover of Tunbridge Wells operator Eagle Coaches.
Shearings intends to develop its presence in the south east with its eyes on both the domestic tour programme and the continental market.
The takeover is the third for Shearings since the purchase of National Holidays in 1986, and brings in a mixture of 25 vehicles with some local bus service work.
LI Mecca Leisure Group, parent company of Shearings and Wallace Arnold coaching companies, has reported a 28% increase in passengers carried to Europe and a 21% increase in Christmas and New Year bookings, in the 12 months to endDecember 1989, compared with the year before.