Arriva Passenger Services / Centrebus Holdings

The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Arriva Passenger Services Limited of remainder of the entire share capital of Centrebus Holdings Limited.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 Action
29 May 2014 Decision published
6 May 2014 CMA clearance announcement
14 March 2014 Timetables restarted
4 February 2014 Timetables suspended
30 January 2014 Satisfactory submission received and Timetable restarted (*)
14 November 2013 – 24 November 2013 Invitation to comment
6 November 2013 Statutory timetable suspended
31 October 2013 Initial undertakings accepted
4 October 2013 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) The OFT’s 40 day administrative timetable started on 30 January 2014 on receipt of a satisfactory submission.

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision: 06 May 2014

The decision in this case was announced on 06 May 2014. The full text of the decision is available below:

Timetable suspended: 4 February 2014 – 14 March 2014

The statutory and administrative timetables were suspended on 4 February 2014 when the parties failed to provide information required by the OFT in a Notice under section 31 of the Act by the deadline. The timetables were restarted on 14 March 2014 when the information was received.

Invitation to Comment: Now Closed

The OFT is considering whether this acquisition has resulted 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 has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Statutory timetable suspended: 6 November 2013 – 30 January 2014

The statutory timetable was suspended on 6 November 2013 when the parties failed to provide information required by the OFT in the enquiry letter under section 31 of the Act. The clock restarted on 30 January 2014, when a satisfactory submission was accepted by the OFT.

Launch of OFT merger inquiry: 4 October 2013

The OFT launched an own-initiative merger investigation by sending an enquiry letter on 4 October 2013, a satisfactory submission was received by the OFT on 30 January 2014.


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Neda Moussavi
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row

Published 29 May 2014