25 July 2019: The CMA considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the undertakings offered by Abellio East Midlands, Abellio and Greater Anglia or a modified version of them, might be accepted by the CMA under the Enterprise Act 2002.
19 July 2019: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this franchise award has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This franchise award will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless Abellio East Midlands Limited offers acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns.
21 June 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.
To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.
Launch of merger inquiry
21 June 2019: The CMA has launched its phase 1 investigation following the European Commission’s decision to refer the case to the United Kingdom under Article 4(4) of the EC Merger Regulation.
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to: