Application of competition law to rail fares

ORR briefing note (3 pages, PDF) on the application of the Competition Act 1998 to allegations that railway fares are excessive.

The paper highlights difficulties that ORR believes would arise in such an investigation, and concludes that:

Whilst it remains open for complaints regarding fare levels to be considered under the Act, such investigations are likely to be complex and, ultimately, it may be difficult to establish that an individual fare is excessive for competition law purposes. ORR remains of the view that if there are public interest concerns about fare levels, then these should be addressed by DfT through its fares policy.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 82, ORR, Public transport.

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