Yesterday, I wrote up a few details about the new Bracknell to Heathrow coach service being started by CJJ Coaches. If you missed that, you can read it by clicking here. The service successfully launched today, with the local mayor in attendance, and Roger French gave it a spin. You can read how he found the experience over on his blog.
As one coach route begins though, another ends. A rather new one too! Just 13 days ago, FlixBus began operation of three domestic services, including one with a stop in our area. You can read about it on our blog post from time. After just 10 days of operation though, the 063 London > Guildford > Portsmouth service is no more. We mentioned at the time that competition with National Express’ established service has come and gone, such as Stagecoach’s Megabus and First’s Greyhound. After the Megabus service was axed, Stagecoach continued to offer ‘Megatrain’ ticket products on their South West Trains services. One can only presume FlixBus came to the same conclusion as Stagecoach and First… and fast! It should also be noted though that National Express have just doubled their offering from four to eight journeys in each direction, so nearly back up to the normal timetable of ten.
It was noticed that tickets beyond the weekly Tuesday and Wednesday ‘days off’ (so for tomorrow onwards) were not being offered on the booking system, instead users being presented with a non-explanatory error message. It appears that resources will now be utilised on some additional services, including an extension of the Birmingham service to Manchester. Scott Cooper has kindly shared this timetable he has created reflecting the changes, and allowed us to post it here. The development of FlixBus’ domestic network looks like it could be an interesting one to watch…