McGill’s expands partnership with FlixBus

McGill’s is set to significantly increase the scale of its partnership with FlixBus this year.

The Greenock-based business will invest £7.5m into bringing more new long-distance coaches into its fleet in time for this summer.

In total, 19 Flix coaches will come onto the network throughout 2024, bringing its total to more than 40 on the Flix network – and creating an additional 65 jobs.

Ralph Roberts, chief executive of McGill’s, said: “This investment is an indication of how important the partnership with FlixBus has been for our growth in the last year.

“Scaling up our partnership together in Scotland and across the border will deliver even more sustainable transport options for passengers as we continue to revolutionise the UK coach market.”

Since beginning the partnership in 2021, the FlixBus network has grown steadily, launching a dedicated Scottish network in summer 2022 and growing this fivefold last year.

Andreas Schorling, managing director of FlixBus UK, said: “Our partnership with McGill’s will increase frequencies on our most popular routes in Scotland, connecting seven cities, as well as a new dedicated service between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“Our ambitious plans to become the largest and highest quality network in the UK are well underway.”

Founded in 1933, McGill’s has depots in Greenock, Inchinnan, Johnstone, Dundee, Falkirk, Stirling, Livingstone and Balfron, with the company headquarters located in Greenock.

Flix, the German parent company to FlixBus, reported its best-ever financial half-year results in 2023, with more than 50% growth and €860m in total revenue for the period January to June.

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