National Express Group Plc and Thameslink and Great Northern Franchise: A Report on the Proposed Acquisition of the Thameslink and Great Northern Rail Franchise by the National Express Group Plc

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Stationery Office, Feb 7, 2006 - Business & Economics - 199 pages
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The proposed acquisition of Thameslink and Great Northern (TGN) rail franchise by the National Express Group plc (NEG) was referred to the Competition Commission on 3 August 2005 by the Office of Fair Trading, being seen as potentially affecting the competitive supply of passenger transport services between central London and Gatwick. The National Express Group plc is one of the largest public transport companies in the UK, operating the Gatwick Express, One, Midland Mainline and Silverlink County (Silverlink), as well as coach services. It is also one of five shortlisted bidders for the new TGN rail franchise. The analysis of this report focused on overlaps between the TGN franchise and other rail franchises along with the coach services as operated by National Express (NEG). In all, 47 overlaps between the TGN and the NEGs existing coach and rail services were identified, with 17 being new and the rest pre-existing. The Commission reached the conclusion though, on examining the overlaps, that any substantial lessening of competition (SLC) within any of these markets within the UK would not occur

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