First TransPennine Express / TransPennine Express franchise merger inquiry
The CMA investigated the acquisition by First TransPennine Express Limited of the TransPennine Express (TPE) rail franchise.
|Phase 1 dates||Action|
|4 April 2016||Decision published|
|14 March 2016||Decision announced|
|18 January to 1 February 2016||Invitation to comment|
|18 January 2016||Launch of merger inquiry|
CMA clearance decision
14 March 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by First TransPennine Express Limited of the TransPennine Express (TPE) rail franchise, using the ‘de minimis’ exception. The full text of the decision is available below.
- Full text decision (4.4.16)
- Press release: CMA clears TransPennine Express rail franchise award (14.3.16)
Invitation to comment: Now closed
18 January 2016: 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.
Launch of merger inquiry
18 January 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
- Commencement of initial period notice (18.1.16)
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority
Published: 18 January 2016
Updated: 4 April 2016
Opened: 18 January 2016
Closed: 4 April 2016
- Full text of the decision published.
- Clearance decision announced.
- First published.