A letter from DfT to ORR detailing DfT's concerns over the impact of giving Grand Central permission to run services in competition with GNER.
This document was published on 13th February 2006 by Department for Transport.
It was written by Department for Transport.
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"We have now had the opportunity to consider the content of your 'minded to' letter of 27 January. While we are grateful for the short extension you have granted in the time available to comment on your letter, we still believe that ten working days is quite inadequate. However in the time available we have attempted to supply as full a response as possible.
Our conclusion on the balancing of the various statutory duties is that there are certainly a number of them that point firmly away from granting the Grand Central application, while there are a number of others where the effect is broadly neutral. Whether this is sufficient to outweigh the benefits of competition that you refer to is the key question. However, in looking at this we also think that ORR is allowed to take into account the robustness and deliverability of what Grand Central propose. Our analysis of where the balance lies points away from granting the Grand Central application."
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