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Wednesday 03 August, 2005

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
03 August 2005

Merger Reference:

The OFT has decided, on the information currently available to it, to refer the
following merger to the Competition Commission under the provisions of the
Enterprise Act 2002:

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

The text of this decision will be placed on the Office of Fair Trading's web
site at and will also appear in the Office's Weekly Gazette as
soon as is reasonably practicable.

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