Transport Committee report on rail fares

Transport Select Committee report (67 pages, PDF) on rail fares in Great Britain. The report also comments on the availability of advance information about timetables.

In relation to alleged excessive fares, the members of the committee "find it extraordinary that just one case of alleged abuse of dominant position has been brought against train operators", and conclude that:

"140. The ability of the Office for Rail Regulation to pursue successfully exorbitant rail fares through the Competition Act is very limited. We therefore recommend that the Government review the regulation of rail fares and the definition of 'dominant position' within the rail sector. The Government needs to ensure that the power of the ORR to regulate exorbitant fares is meaningful."

ORR's main evidence on these matters is at pages Ev 77 and Ev 78 of the evidence appendix (181 pages, PDF).

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