Date of referral: 20.5.16
Statutory deadline: 3.11.16
Next milestone: Final report due late October 2016
- (updated on 26.8.16)
9 September 2016: The CMA has provisionally found that the award of the Northern rail franchise to Arriva may result in higher fares on some local routes.
- (PDF, 4.1 MB) (9.9.16)
- (PDF, 8.7 MB) (9.9.16)
- Press release: CMA concerned about rail franchise’s impact on some local fares (9.9.16)
8 July 2016: On 1 July 2016, the CMA served an interim order under section 81(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Arriva plc, in relation to the acquisition by Arriva Rail North Limited of the Northern Rail franchise. The initial enforcement order of 1 April 2016 will cease to be in force on the date of making this order by virtue of section 72(6) of the Act.
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Responses to provisional findings and notice of possible remedies
Responses to the issues statement
14 June 2016: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.
Inquiry group appointed
The CMA appointed the inquiry group on 23 May 2016.
Disclosure of interest
Terms of reference
20 May 2016: The CMA has referred the Northern Rail franchise award to Arriva for an in-depth investigation.
|Phase 1 date||Action|
|14 June 2016||Decision published|
|12 May 2016||Decision announced|
|1 April 2016||Initial enforcement order|
|1 February 2016||Notice of extension published|
|29 January to 12 February 2016||Invitation to comment|
|27 January 2016||Launch of merger inquiry|
- News story: CMA refers Northern Rail Franchise merger for in-depth investigation (20.5.16)
Reference unless undertakings accepted
Press release: Arriva could face in-depth investigation over Northern Rail franchise (12.5.16)
Initial enforcement order
1 April 2016: The CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Arriva plc, in relation to the acquisition by Arriva Rail North Limited of the Northern Rail franchise.
Notice of extension of the preliminary assessment period
Launch of merger inquiry
27 January 2016: The CMA 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.