Consultation outcome

Competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain

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Consultation responses

Detail of outcome

The CMA has published its final policy document about competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain.

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Arriva

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Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

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Campaign for Better Transport

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Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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CNMC

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Department for Transport

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Jukka Rannila

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Michael Schabas - FCP Rail Consultants

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Mid-Wales Transportation Partnership

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Mike Garratt - MDS Transmodal Ltd

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Network Rail

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Newark Business Club

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Office of Rail and Road

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Peninsula Rail Task Force

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Powys County Council

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Professor Chris Nash

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Regutrain

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RDG

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RMT

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Scottish Association for Public Transport

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Sherborne Transport Action Group

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Stagecoach

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Steven Oakley

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The Railways Consultancy Ltd

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Tony Lodge - Centre for Policy Studies

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Torbay Line Rail Users Group

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Transport Focus

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Transport for Greater Manchester

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Transport for London

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Transport Scotland

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Detail of feedback received

Responses to the consultation have been published. See the passenger rail services case page for further responses following the ORR’s impact assessment.

Original consultation

Summary

A consultation on the possibilities for greater competition between passenger rail operators in Great Britain.

This consultation ran from
to

Consultation description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is inviting responses on 4 possible options for reform, as set out in our discussion document:

  • Option 1 – retaining the existing market structure, but with significantly increased open access operations
  • Option 2 – 2 franchisees for each franchise
  • Option 3 – more overlapping franchises
  • Option 4 – licensing multiple operators, subject to conditions

These are the options which we consider are most likely to bring benefits to passengers on the 3 main intercity routes: the East and West Coast main lines and the Great Western route.

This is a long-term project. We don’t expect these proposals to be implemented until 2023 at the earliest, so as to protect the rights of current franchisees and current and imminent franchise tender processes.

Documents

Published 17 July 2015
Last updated 8 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Responses to consultation published.
  2. First published.