A dispute between Stagecoach and Flixbus over use of Aberdeen bus station is being referred to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA).
Flixbus claims that Stagecoach, without warning, announced that it could not be given any further slots in the bus station as part of its expansion plans, forcing it to arrange all of its arrivals and departures from the street outside the bus station, as it could not have some stopping in the station and some outside. Flixbus says it is totally unacceptable for its passengers to have to carry suitcases and other luggage in the street.
Flixbus managing director Andreas Schorling says: “Stagecoach has an ownership stake in Scottish Citylink which is a direct competitor to Flixbus and operates some of the lines for it. There is a glaring conflict of interests when it comes to its management of the bus station.
” Stagecoach says: “Discussions with Flixbus have been continuing since early March about its proposals for the summer season. Bus stations have capacity limits and important safety concerns that need to be addressed. There is an existing dispute resolution process which is available to Flixbus.