Claim under section 47A of the Competition Act 1998. The Claimant has applied for expedition.
The application for expedition was heard at a case management conference on 19 October 2018. The Chairman gave a Ruling on the application ( CAT 15) and directed an expedited trial of the preliminary issue of whether the requirement that suppliers and persons seeking access to the Defendant's infrastructure obtain supplier assurance only through the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme constitutes a breach of Chapter I and/or Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998, to be heard on the assumption that the Defendant holds a dominant position as alleged in the claim form.
On 30 November 2018 the Chairman made a reasoned order ( CAT 17) granting an application made by the Claimant that the Defendant provide further particulars of its Defence.
The trial of the preliminary issue will commence on 20 February 2019 with a current time estimate of 8 days.