Competition

Rail regulator sets sights on boosting competition, innovation and value for money in railway signalling

8 November 2021
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The current signalling market in Great Britain is valued at £800-900 million per year. As Britain’s railway infrastructure undergoes one of the most significant modernisation programmes in its history as it increasingly adopts digital technology, the market is expected to expand significantly. For change on this scale to be delivered affordably, Network Rail as the main buyer of signalling systems

ORR recommends further action to tackle signalling market competition concerns

11 May 2021
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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.

Competition Act 1998

15 March 2021
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The Competition Act 1998 prohibits any agreement, business practice or conduct which has, or could have, a damaging effect on competition in the United Kingdom.

Market monitoring

12 November 2020
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This page provides information on how we perform our market monitoring duties.

Market study into the supply of signalling systems

13 May 2020
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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.

Review of the rolling stock leasing market competition remedies

28 April 2020
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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.