FlixBus growth continues with Rowgate partnership

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Baileys Coaches is also a member of the Brkshire-based Rowgate Group. RICHARD SHARMAN

The international coach operator is continuing with its aggressive strategy for growth, with the announcmenet of another new partner operator

Berkshire-based Rowgate Group has become the latest coach operator to join the ever-growing number of partners on the UK FlixBus network. The operator will provide additional coaches on key FlixBus routes between London and the Midlands from mid-September.

Established in 2016, Rowgate Group encompasses Fernhill Travel, White Bus and Baileys Coaches. The Group has grown by over 300% since it was formed, and now boasts 85 employees, 70 vehicles and four depots based across East and West Berkshire as well as Surrey. It operates a mixture of commercial and tendered public bus services, home to school services, private coach hire and commercial contracts.

Group CEO Simon Rowland said: “The new partnership with FlixBus will provide us with another growing revenue stream that will complement the seasonality we experience during school holidays. We are very excited about this new venture with FlixBus, and we look forward to starting the new services this September.”

Services will be delivered by newly purchased Yutong GT12s from Pelican Bus & Coach, which will carry FlixBus green livery. “Rowgate Group’s rapid growth in a few short years is nothing short of extraordinary given the challenging industry environment throughout the pandemic,” commented Managing Director of FlixBus UK Andreas Schorling. “We believe their determination and ambition has been a key factor in their success and is why we’re delighted to be welcoming Simon and his team to the growing FlixBus network in the UK.”

“2023 has been a phenomenal year for us globally and domestically, with operators from across the country seeking to be a part of the FlixBus growth story. We are focused on our mission to be the largest coach network in the UK in the coming years, which we will achieve with partners like Rowgate Group.”

Rowgate is currently recruiting for drivers for its new FlixBus express work.

White Bus is one of three operators which form the Rowgate Group. RICHARD SHARMAN
Simon Rowland