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Thursday 19 May, 2005

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
19 May 2005


Anticipated acquisition by National Express Group Plc of the Thameslink / Great
Northern passenger rail franchise

The Office of Fair Trading is considering whether arrangements are in progress
or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation
of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act
2002.  Should it be found to be a relevant merger situation, the OFT will
further consider whether the creation of that situation may be expected to
result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in
the United Kingdom for goods or services that warrants reference to the
Competition Commission for investigation and report.

Affected Sector:  Passenger rail transport

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
issues to:

Mr Hassan Bakay
Office of Fair Trading
Fleetbank House
2-6 Salisbury Square
London EC4Y 8JX
FAX: 020-7211-8916
to arrive by 3 June 2005.

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