Badgerline merger undertakings review

The CMA is reviewing undertakings given by Badgerline Holdings Ltd following its merger with Midland Red West Holdings Ltd in 1989.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 date Action
July/August 2017 Publish final decision
May/June 2017 Publish provisional decision
February to April 2017 Evidence gathering
31 January 2017 Review launched and initial request for evidence

Review group appointed

2 February 2017: The CMA appointed the group for the review of the undertakings on 1 February 2017.


Decision to undertake review

31 January 2017: The CMA has decided to review the undertakings given in 1989 by Badgerline Holdings Ltd, now FirstGroup Holdings Limited, arising from its acquisition of Midland Red West Holdings Ltd (trading as City Line). These undertakings were subsequently amended and given by FirstBus plc in 1996. The undertakings were given to address competition concerns in the market for tendered bus services in the Greater Bristol area.

We’re seeking views from interested parties on whether or not there is a case for removing or varying these undertakings. Those responding should provide their views, supported with relevant evidence where possible, in writing to the CMA either by email or by post by 3 March 2017.

Nancy Race
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row


Project director

Nancy Race (, 020 3738 6581)

Senior responsible officer

Adam Land (, 020 3738 6172)

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