There’s a lot of talk about bus company mergers at the moment.
Of the mergers involving substantive consideration of bus services that the CMA has decided to examined to date the intervention rate has been just
The last bus merger (excluding rail franchise cases) that the CMA chose to subject to investigation was over four years ago.
With re-regulation of bus services, nationalisation of rail services, the legacy of Covid and the demands of net zero a question for future mergers is how similar the CMA’s approach will be to past cases.
Posted September 29th 2021