Consultation outcome

Rail franchise mergers guidance

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

The CMA received a number of responses to this consultation from the rail industry, which were taken into account in creating the final version of the guidance.

Original consultation


Consultation on proposed guidance for the evaluation of competition issues in rail franchise awards.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) assesses competition issues created by the award of a rail franchise. We are consulting on 2 documents that aim to give guidance to bidders.

The first is a short guide to answer common questions about the process, aimed at potential bidders for franchises.

The second is a technical document that describes in detail how the CMA will generally assess competition issues in this context, aimed at bidders and their advisers. They build on the process and assessment carried out for recent awards. Comments on both documents are invited in this consultation.


Published 18 October 2017
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Consultation has concluded.
  2. First published.