Arriva Found Not Dominant

19 Jun 2007 | by Caroline Sweeney

The High Court gave judgment in the case of Chester City Council v. Arriva plc.  Arriva was accused of predatory pricing and flooding the market for local bus services in central Chester, in breach of Chapter II of the Competition Act.

Arriva defeated Chester City Council on every point, including by demonstrating that Arriva was not dominant on the relevant market.  The Court held that the relevant geographic market was to be measured using bus drive time isochrones and that the correct metric for assessing market share was bus capacity.  Permission to appeal was denied.

Paul Harris appeared on behalf of Arriva as Junior Counsel.

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