National Express Group / Essex Thameside rail franchise

The CMA considered the award of the Essex Thameside rail franchise to National Express Group Plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
4 November 2014 Decision published
14 October 2014 Decision announced
19 August 2014 Invitation to comment issued

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

15 October 2014: The CMA has cleared the award of the Essex Thameside rail franchise to National Express Group Plc. The full text of the decision is available below:

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

19 August 2014: The CMA launched a merger investigation into the award of the Essex Thameside rail franchise to National Express Group Plc.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

19 August 2014: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering the award of the Essex Thameside rail franchise to National Express Group Plc and whether that award 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.

Contact

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

Cleo Alliston
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

cleo.alliston@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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