The OFT investigated the completed acquisition by Stagecoach Bus Holdings Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc) of Go West Travel Limited trading as Norfolk Green.

Administrative timetable

Phase 1 Action
7 May 2014 Decision published
31 March 2014 Clearance decision announced
31 January 2014 Satisfactory submission received
8 January 2014 – 21 January 2014 Invitation to comment
7 January 2014 Initial Undertakings
7 January 2014 Merger inquiry launched

Phase 1

OFT clearance decision: 31 March 2014

The decision in this case was announced on 31 March 2014. The full text of the decision is available below:

Satisfactory submission received: 31 January 2014

The OFT received a satisfactory submission on 31 January 2014. The administrative timetable started.

Invitation to Comment: Now Closed

The OFT is considering whether this acquisition has resulted 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 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.

Initial undertakings: 7 January 2014

On 7 January 2014, the OFT accepted hold separate undertakings given by Stagecoach Bus Holdings Ltd under section 71 of the Enterprise Act 2002. The undertakings are without prejudice to OFT ongoing investigation into the completed acquisition by Stagecoach Bus Holdings Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc) of Go West Travel Limited trading as Norfolk Green. A copy of the Order is available below:

Merger inquiry launched: 7 January 2014

The OFT launched its merger inquiry on 7 Jan2014

Contact

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

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

androulla.soteriou@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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