East Coast Buses / First Scotland East merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by East Coast Buses Limited of the east coast operations of First Scotland East Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
14 February 2017 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
15 December 2016 to 3 January 2017 Invitation to comment
15 December 2016 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Launch of merger inquiry

15 December 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: closes 3 January 2017

15 December 2016: The 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.

Initial enforcement order

On 15 September 2016, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Transport for Edinburgh Limited and its subsidiary East Coast Buses Limited in relation to the completed acquisition by East Coast Buses Limited of the east coast operations of First Scotland East Limited.

Contact

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

Androulla Soteriou
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

androulla.soteriou@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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