29 Sep '16, 6am

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In December 2015, Arriva was awarded the Northern rail franchise . All seemed to be progressing smoothly until 10 months later when the CMA began an inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour . Arriva’s parent company, Deutsche Bahn, also operates bus services in the Northern area and in the magical world of the economist this could be a conflict of interests. The inquiry cuts to heart of how public transport works.The CMA investigation contends that the way to get the best services for passengers is not by offering an integrated and complementary service across modes, but by trains and buses competing for passengers’ patronage. The trouble is most people’s transport choices are not hindered by operators being in league. Instead, it is the absence of cooperation – shared timetabling or ticketing – that make it more difficult to use public transport. Here, Arriva’s successful ...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/better-transport/a...

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