About Coastal and Country Coaches

A potted history of Coastal and Country Coaches of Whitby

A family business serving the people of Whitby for more than 77 years

Coastal and Country Coaches has served the people of Whitby and the surrounding district for more than 77 years.

The family business was established by Eric Vasey in 1947 and is continued today by his Daughter in Law and his two grandsons, Chris and Stephen.

Eric Vasey came to Whitby in 1933 when his father bought the 2 local cinemas which Eric ran with his brother, Arthur.

In 1941 Eric bought Heather Motor Services which he ran with Ralph Welford and from this he developed a new company, Coastal and Country Coaches of which he was Managing Director for 22 years. The company moved to Crescent Avenue, Whitby where it operated 4 vehicles.

After Eric’s death in 1969, the company was taken over by his son, Colin, who was already fully trained in the family concern. In 1970 Colin married Judy and together they expanded the business to its current standard.

Sadly, in 1994, Colin died. In 1995 Chris joined the business after graduating from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle where he had qualified in Transport Management and Business Studies. Chris is a Member of the Institute of Logistics. Chris brought many new ideas with him and the fleet and business continues to expand from its current operating centre on Fairfield Way, Whitby.

In 2000, with Whitby becoming a busier tourist destination, the decision was taken to establish an Open-Top Double-Decker operation. The vehicle was purchased and modified to incorporate a new cheerful livery of yellow, red and blue and today we operate a fleet of 3 low floor open top buses.

A Family Business

Serving the people of Whitby and surrounding districts for more than 77 years.


As a measure of our commitment to high standards of service, Coastal and Country Coaches Ltd. is an active member of the Confederation of Passenger Transport