GNER to seek remedy for unexpected competition

Article in The Independent reporting comments by GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett on ORR's decision to allow open access operator Grand Central to operate trains that compete with GNER on some flows. Mr Garnett appears to allege misrepresentation by the Government in the franchise letting process, claiming that "The DfT are letting franchises on the basis of saying 'ignore open access'". The article reports that GNER is considering legal action against the "system" but does not disclose whether this will involve a challenge to the ORR's decision or a damages claim against the Government.

Update, 17 April 2006: The Business claims to know that legal action is to take the form of an application by GNER, possibly supported by DfT, for a judicial review of the ORR's decision.

Update, 22 May 2006: GNER press notice on legal action.

Update, 13 June 2006: GNER press notice announcing that a one-week hearing has been scheduled to start on Monday 10 July 2006.

Update, 27 July 2006: GNER's claim dismissed in the High Court.

See GNER/Grand Central for a list of relevant links.

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