FlixBus and Leo Express re-launch Locomore services
Mobility platform FlixBus and private rail company Leo Express have collaborated to revive the services of the insolvent railway startup Locomore.
Locomore services are set to resume on 24 August on the Berlin to Stuttgart line, which connects stops such as Hannover, Frankfurt and Heidelberg.
Leo Express will be responsible for the operation of the Locomore trains, while tickets for services across Germany will be available on the Flixbus website and all its distribution channels.
FlixBus founder and managing director André Schwämmlein said: “FlixBus is now an internationally established mobility brand.
"During the last years, we proved that mobility can be affordable for customers, as well as profitable for providers.
“FlixBus will use all its platform and marketing power to win enough customers to ensure a sustainable operation of Locomore.
“At the same time, we and our bus partners are going to benefit from new target groups by integrating train services into our FlixBus network.”
Berlin-based and partly crowd-funded company Locomore originally launched in December and filed for insolvency in May.
FlixBus was founded in 2013 and currently operates one of the largest networks of long-distance coaches in Europe, with 200,000 daily connections to 1,200 destinations across 26 countries.
The company begun an intermodal cooperation with Leo Express in the Czech Republic in 2015.
FlixBus' railway sector business will now be pooled into a newly founded entity known as FlixTrain.