On 29 March 2021, we opened a call for evidence on the proposal by DBC UK to discontinue its disposals policy. The call for evidence closed on 26 April 2021 and four responses were received from industry stakeholders.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has found that competition needs to be improved in Great Britain’s railway signalling market particularly as new technologies are rolled out as part of Network Rail’s delivery of the Digital Railway programme. This follows completion of the first stage of our study into this important market. ORR intends to take action to address this issue.
Signalling systems are an essential part of the railway. They keep passengers safe by ensuring trains do not come into conflict with each other and play a key role in freeing up capacity on our congested network.
In February 2020 we published our first report on our open access competition monitoring work. The 2020 report constituted a baseline, and an evidence base to be built on over time. We followed this up with an update published in March 2021.
Given the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis, we have taken the decision to close the market study at this time. This will allow industry to focus on operational and safety issues during these challenging times.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its final report outlining its recommendation that there is insufficient justification for recommending the CMA undertake a review of remedies put in place by the Competition Commission to address issues in the rolling stock market.
In January 2020, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) opened a formal study into the UK signalling market in order to explore whether there were any competition issues affecting these important supply chains, and to determine if any action was needed as a result.