Our History

Marshalls of Sutton on Trent Ltd is a family business established for over 30 years and with more than 40 years experience in passenger transport.

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The Marshall family have lived in Sutton on Trent for over 200 years and by tradition were basket makers.. This is reflected in our companies crest which symbolises both basket weaving and bee keeping, along with the River Trent running through its centre.

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As we are located on the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border, next to the A1, we have excellent road links to all parts of the UK.

We specialise in Private Hire, School Trips, Day Excursions within our local area, the UK and Europe. Please contact us to arrange a quotation, for advice on excursions or, to discuss your private hire requirements.

All of our vehicles are maintained to the highest standards by our qualified engineers on site, who hold the highest OCRS score with DVSA. All front line coaches are LEZ (Low Emission Zone) compliant for entry into London and other major UK and European cities. Coaches also have air conditioning for your comfort. Executive coaches have a host of other luxury features for your added journeying pleasure.

We have coaches from 16 to 53 seaters and also double deck buses with 82 seats – all with seatbelts. We also have on our fleet 2 PSVAR, wheelchair accessible coaches.  All buses and coaches are cleaned and serviced regularly to a high standard to ensure your comfort and safety.

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    • Mr John Marshall took his PSV test

      Mr Marshall took his PSV test with Gash's of Newark and drove for them on a part time basis until 1988 when they were taken over by Lincolnshire Road Car.

    • Marshalls purchase their first two vehicles.

      The B30 became Marshalls first operational vehicle and was soon joined by DD10 (a 1954 Daimler CVG6) which has outlived The Gash company and saw service with Marshalls until it was placed in retirement and sold into preservation.

    • Marshalls third vehicle was purchased.

      Mr J A Marshall purchased a second hand Bedford YLQ with Plaxton 45 seat bodywork which had spent its life to date with Gash of Newark

    • Marshalls were granted an Operators License

      In February 1989 Marshalls was granted an Operators License and started a once a week service from Dunham-on-Trent to Newark for the market day.

    • Marshall's gained the prestigious CoachMarque accreditation.

      The CoachMarque accreditation has been held the since 2009. The company is part of a select group of around 50 operators in the UK who subscribe to regular audits to ensure compliance and quality.

    • We were proudly accepted as a member of The Guild of British Coach Operators.

      After completing our audit with a 100% pass, we were proud to be accepted as a member of The Guild of British Coach Operators. This means further assurances of quality and safety for our customers.

Meet the Team . . .

At Marshalls everyone works together as a team, from the fitters to the drivers through to the office staff and management.

“Please let me introduce our experienced staff”.

John Marshall, Managing Director & Founder: John founded the business in 1989, and has guided Marshalls Coaches into becoming the successful operation it is today. For many years John was the main driver, but he now has a more managerial role, getting involved with CPT plus other bus and coach organisations. John still has strong links with the bus and coach industry in which he is widely respected.  John now spends his time restoring the older vehicles.

Thelma Marshall, Director: Thelma has been very involved in the company from the beginning often running the office whilst John was out driving and building the business. Thelma often still comes into the office on a daily basis and can often be seen running errands for the engineering department.

Sally Sloan, Financial Director: Sally joined Marshalls in 2001 to look after the accounts of the business.  Sally oversees every penny earned and spent!

Paul Marshall, Engineering Director: Paul is in charge of looking after our fleet of vehicles, making sure that we always have enough vehicles to fulfil our requirements on a daily basis. Paul and his team undertake all types of engineering work from routine checking to full mechanical overhauls.

Simon Read, Transport Manager, MSOE, MIRTE: Simon joined Marshalls in October 2014 and has been in the industry all of his life, starting as a mechanic and working his way up to the present role that he holds now. Simon’s knowledge and background is very important to us as a company.  Simon is also a qualified CPC trainer providing on-site classroom based training for our drivers.

Kenneth Tagg, Operations Manager: Kenneth joined Marshalls in 1998 as the Office Manager and succeeded to the post of Operations Manager in 2001. Kenneth is responsible for the day to day logistics of all of our service routes, ensuring that vehicles and drivers are in the right place at the right time and also endeavouring to make sure that all passengers get the highest quality of service.

Tracey Cull, Office Administrator: Tracey joined Marshalls in January 2018. Tracey’s responsibilities include organising the day excursions programme, marketing, promotion, correspondences, HR, customer liaison, Private Hire quotes, booking and other office duties.

……”and now to introduce our Engineering department”.

Meet our engineers here at Marshalls of Sutton on Trent Ltd Paul, Bob, Jacob, Tony and Sam all maintain our fleet to DVSA standards. Our service buses are inspected every 4 weeks and coaches every 6 weeks. Our OCRS records show we are rated at the highest level of compliance.