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« on: August 30, 2019, 08:26:12 AM »
This application is listed in 'Notices and Proceedings' 2390 dated 28 August 2019:

Section 2.1 – New Applications Received

PF2026148 SI FLIXBUS UK LTD. Director(s): Max Sebastian ZEUMER First Floor, Templeback, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Operating Centre: UNIT 1-2, BUCKINGWAY BUSINESS PARK, ROWLES WAY, SWAVESEY, CAMBRIDGE, CB24 4UG

Authorisation: 1 vehicle(s)

Transport Manager(s): Roger Birch


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Re: N&P: Flixbus UK
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 04:42:36 PM »
This application is listed in 'Notices and Proceedings' 2390 dated 28 August 2019:

Section 2.1 – New Applications Received

PF2026148 SI FLIXBUS UK LTD. Director(s): Max Sebastian ZEUMER First Floor, Templeback, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Operating Centre: UNIT 1-2, BUCKINGWAY BUSINESS PARK, ROWLES WAY, SWAVESEY, CAMBRIDGE, CB24 4UG

Authorisation: 1 vehicle(s)

Transport Manager(s): Roger Birch


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Interesting.

The address looks rather familiar...

Whippet Coaches Ltd
2 Rowles Way
Buckingway Business Park
Swavesey
Cambs
CB24 4UG

Here's some information about Flixbus.

One assumes that Whippet will have some role in the operations, but rather different from the NatX franchise.
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Re: N&P: Flixbus UK
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 11:00:44 PM »
Roger Birch was (maybe still is) employed by Whippet.

NX are not likely to be happy about one of their contractors working for a competitor. As far as I know, none of the Megabus contractors work for NX or vice versa and Stagecoach subsidiaries who do Megabus work, don't do NX work. 

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Re: N&P: Flixbus UK
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 11:49:26 PM »
NX are not likely to be happy about one of their contractors working for a competitor. As far as I know, none of the Megabus contractors work for NX or vice versa and Stagecoach subsidiaries who do Megabus work, don't do NX work.

Park's of Hamilton are the one exception I can think of

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Re: N&P: Flixbus UK
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2019, 09:56:07 AM »
Roger Birch was (maybe still is) employed by Whippet.

NX are not likely to be happy about one of their contractors working for a competitor. As far as I know, none of the Megabus contractors work for NX or vice versa and Stagecoach subsidiaries who do Megabus work, don't do NX work.

Is Flixbus a competitor? Didn't NX give up their Eurolines operations last year?

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Re: N&P: Flixbus UK
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2019, 08:14:36 PM »
NX are still involved with European work in partnership with former SNCF coach operator Quibus. That is now owned by another IT company  - I think an Uber type operator.

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2020, 06:44:40 PM »
'RouteOne' magazine 19 February 2020 contains the following report:

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FlixBus has announced plans to establish a domestic scheduled coach network in the UK during 2020. The news has been expected since the German brand registered a subsidiary here, FlixBus UK, in 2019.

FlixBus has not revealed when it expects services to launch or the cities it will serve. The company says its model of working with partner operators that provide vehicles in its green and yellow livery will be replicated in the UK.

FlixBus sees ‘great interest’ from UK operators
Although the identity of those operators is not yet known, potential partners in the UK “have already shown great interest” in working with FlixBus, the company says.

Adds Founder and Managing Director of FlixMobility André Schwämmlein: “We see enormous interest on the part of Great Britain to stay connected to Europe, which is why the country is currently particularly open to foreign investment.

“The [domestic] network is the next step towards a fully integrated offering for UK customers.”

Mr Schwämmlein adds that the UK market for scheduled coach travel is “traditional.” FlixBus plans to bring some “fresh wind” to the UK. That, he says, will be an “intelligent and environmentally friendly product combined with the experience of medium-sized British operators.”

FlixBus already operates international services to the UK from the Benelux countries, France and Germany. In 2019 it began a project that will deliver hydrogen fuel cell-electric coaches to its network with a zero-emission range of 500km.

FlixBus UK was incorporated on 11 April 2019. Its Managing Director is Andreas Schörling, who has previously worked for on-demand mobility company Gett.

World’s largest long-distance coach network
FlixBus was established in 2013 and says it has the world’s largest long-distance scheduled coach network. In 2019 its services carried over 62m passengers. Besides Europe, it is active in North America and Asia.

On Monday 17 February the first FlixBus journey to Africa departed from France. It also plans to enter the South American market.

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Re: FlixBus UK
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2020, 11:38:14 PM »
RouteOne magazine dated 1 July 2020 reported that Flixbus UK was to commence some domestic services out of London on 2 July.

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Flixbus will launch domestic intercity coach services in the UK on Thursday 2 July. The network will initially be resourced with six vehicles from smaller operators, but that number will be added to “quickly” as demand rises, the company says. It aims to be market leader in the UK by 2025.

Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford and Portsmouth are among the first domestic destinations to be served via four routes from London. In a further indication of the speed of its planned growth, Flixbus says it anticipates carrying “several million” passengers in the UK in its first 12 months.

Bristol-based Turners Coachways and London operator Your Partner In Journey are each involved in providing vehicles for the launch network. When it announced that it would be launching a UK domestic network in February 2020, Flixbus said it had already seen “great interest” from operators in working with it.

Around 200 journeys will be made per week in the initial stages. Fares will start at £2.99. From the same date, Flixbus will also restart its international scheduled coach services from London to cities including Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

Flixbus UK Andreas Schorling is confident that the German company’s business here will build quickly as movement restrictions are relaxed. “This is just the beginning. We have great plans for Britain. We aim to grow to market leader by 2025,” he says.

Every coach will be disinfected before each journey. Passengers will be required to wear face coverings, as will drivers when away from the cab. Seats in the front row of will be kept vacant and only half of the remaining capacity will be sold.

Bala Balasuresh, Director of operator Your Partner In Journey, says: “This is a massive boost for our business, which has been hit hard in the past few months. We are proud to be working with FlixBus and to be able to offer people a great way to travel.”

Adds Kevyn Jones of Turner’s Coachways: “The travel industry has been badly hit by coronavirus COVID-19, so this is a very welcome launch for people who will want to see distant family or friends or conduct business in a safe way as the lockdown ends.”

With the addition of a UK domestic network, Flixbus will serve 2,500 destinations across 32 countries. It owns no coaches. Instead, they are hired from partners. 62m passengers globally used Flixbus services in 2019.

In September 2019, Flixbus outlined its plans for the future use of hydrogen fuel cell-electric coaches. It is working with Freudenberg Sealing Technologies to deliver a vehicle with a range of 500km. A coach OEM for the project is to be announced in due course.

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Re: FlixBus UK
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2020, 11:37:56 AM »
Despite the information above which links Flixbus with Whippet, there does not currently seem to be any operational connection - Whippet is not one of the Flixbus operators and Flixbus do not seem to be operating any of their own vehicles on the new services