|Phase 1 date
|4 November 2014
|14 October 2014
|19 August 2014
||Invitation to comment issued
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.
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.
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority
Published 5 November 2014