In our November Casenote Is the government trying to protect HS2 from competition? David Starkie, Senior Associate, highlights the intention of the Government to merge the West Coast Main Line rail franchise with HS2. He suggests that the object might be to suppress a competitive challenge to future services operating on this controversial stretch of infrastructure. To support his argument he finds a ‘smoking gun’: a report by HS2 Ltd’s  consultants highlighting the threat from other rail services and that Government policy on franchising would greatly influence HS2’s competitive environment.

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