is a group of companies based in the United Kingdom
specialising in passenger transport, travel and logistics. Services include pre-planned and emergency coach and taxi services nationwide, corporate travel, event transport, incident management transport and destination management services. These services are provided mainly to the corporate sector. The company also provides coach tours and independent travel agency services to the consumer sector.
The company started out as an Accrington
-based coach company in 1919, transporting holidaymakers to the coastal resorts in England
. The company was formed by Harold Williams and Ward Knowles, and they later expanded to include tours and excursions across Europe
The company expanded rapidly in the 1990s when it began providing coaches to the rail industry when train services were disrupted - quickly becoming the UK's leading provider of rail replacement services, a business which exploded in the wake of the disruption following the Hatfield rail crash
and the long-running modernisation of the West Coast Main Line
It also manages, plans, and provides replacement coaches in non-emergency situations (railway engineering works etc), acting as a transport broker with a database of 5,000 coach and taxi suppliers nationwide.
Among others, Fraser Eagle provide replacement transport for Virgin Trains, winning a £12m three-year contract to provide Virgin with around 100,000 taxis a year.
Recently however, increased train reliability and punctuality has led to a downturn in business, as well as increased competition from National Express and Stagecoach.
Grand Central Railway
The company was a major stakeholder of the Grand Central Railway
, an "open-access" railway company that has run trains from Sunderland
since December 2007.
Fraser Eagle sold Grand Central to a consortium headed by a former manager of Prism Rail, backed by a private equity firm in March 2007.
The group also manage Fraser Eagle Contracts and Furniture, Fraser Eagle Worldchoice Travel Agents, and Fraser Eagle Cars. They are based in Padiham
, employing 180 full time staff. They also have an offices in Malta
The company sponsor Accrington Stanley FC, who have named their stadium Fraser Eagle Stadium