Flixbus expands with new South West connections

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Flixbus’ mission to ‘paint the world green’ moved a step closer this month with the introduction of further routes and partnerships on its UK coach network

Flixbus has strengthened its partnership with Berrys Coaches and Roselyn Coaches, expanding its national network into the south west of England. The firm’s new Plymouth to London route will begin operating from 28 April, stopping at Exeter, Taunton and Bridgwater. Buses will run daily, with trips increasing over the summer months to meet expected high demand as it continues with its aim to become a key player in the UK market.

The relationship between FlixBus and Berrys began in July 2021, with some Berrys connections available to book via FlixBus’ channels. This service will continue, but the companies have also agreed a closer partnership, with Berrys expanding its fleet to become part of the green FlixBus network. The routes will be supported by Roselyn of Cornwall.

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus UK, said: “We’ve been thoroughly impressed by Berrys’ commitment to our vision and high quality service, and are delighted to welcome the team and drivers on board. We know Roselyn Coaches are also brilliant operators, so we’re excited to start working with them. These partnerships are strategically important as they open our services to the south west of England ahead of the busy summer season.”

Established in 1920, Taunton-based Berrys Coaches has decades of experience transporting passengers from locations in Somerset, Devon and Wiltshire to London. Transport Manager James Berry said: “The decision to develop our partnership with FlixBus was obvious. With our strong brands aligning, there is a clear opportunity for growth within the region. We are convinced this will be a successful, long-term relationship for us and are excited to strengthen our joint venture with FlixBus.”

Family-owned Roselyn Coaches, headquartered in Plymouth, has been running since 1947. Managing Director Jonathan Ede added: “FlixBus is a global player and we’re looking forward to benefiting from their technological expertise across routes, pricing and marketing, as well as its innovative ticketing system. We are extremely proud and excited to be working with FlixBus on the new routes from the West Country.”

With several operators now working in partnership with FlixBus in the UK, Andreas said his team is looking to develop more collaborations with coach companies across the country: “We know consumers are ready to travel without restriction for the first time in two years, so we’re keen to hear from quality operators like Berrys and Roselyn interested in joining the FlixBus family. This summer we expect to be our biggest yet as we plan our network expansion, and we need ambitious partners ready to join us on the journey.”

The Berrys London Superfast service has been bookable on Flixbus channels since July last year. KARL OAKLEY