The Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it is investigating the award of the West Coast Mainline franchise.
On the 14th August 2019, First Trenitalia was announced as the new operators for the West Coast Mainline.
The franchise has been operated by Virgin Trains since 1997, but will come to an end on the 7th December 2019. Virgin will bow out after its partner, Stagecoach, was disqualified in 2019.
However, now the CMA is considering whether if the franchise is changed over to First Trenitalia that it will create a situation where there is not enough competition in the rail market, or within the market in the United Kingdom for goods or services.
The merger inquiry was launched on the 19th September 2019, with the invitation to comment running from today, 20th September 2019, until the 4th October 2019.
A decision for the phase 1 investigation will be announced on the 21st November 2019.
If you would like to comment on any issues surrounding the change in franchise, please send written representations to:
Competition and Markets Authority
25 Cabot Square
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