Rolling stock market study
On 28 June 2006, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) received a detailed submission (the Complaint) from the Department for Transport (DfT) requesting us to refer the passenger rolling stock leasing market(s) to the Competition Commission (CC) for investigation under section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02).
The Complaint set out a number of structural and behavioural features of passenger rolling stock leasing market(s), and asserted that these were capable of preventing, restricting or distorting competition in the passenger rolling stock market(s).
After conducting an initial review of the submission, we decided to undertake a focused market study with a view to deciding whether or not to make a market investigation reference to the CC. We set out the scope of this study and a provisional timetable in July 2006.
As part of this study we sought information from the ROSCOs and TOCs in order to inform our consideration.
On 29 November 2006 we issued a consultation ( 654 Kb) on the draft findings of the market study and on a draft reference to the CC. We have also published the responses of industry parties to this consultation.
After giving consideration to all of the responses to our consultation, we decided to refer the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services to the CC for further investigation, this was announced in a press notice on 26 April 2007.
Last updated: 30 September 2011
- The Leasing of Rolling Stock for franchised Passenger Services - Reasons Apr 2007 ( PDF 1357 Kb).
- Rolling Stock leasing - market study - Questions for Train Operating Companies ( PDF 52 Kb).
- The Leasing of Rolling Stock for franchised Passenger Services - Consultation Nov 2006 ( PDF 654 Kb).
- Passenger rolling stock leasing markets - Scope of our market study and provisional timetable - July 2006 ( PDF 53 Kb).