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Oxera report suggests CityFibre’s ‘anchor tenant’ approach can significantly contribute towards unlocking increased investment to achieve the UK government’s broadband targets

Next generation access networks promise a step change in broadband speeds that could be the catalyst for a range of innovative services and new communication possibilities. To deliver this, network operators will need to make large investments, laying high bandwidth fibre optic cable ever closer to users’ homes and businesses. Could an alternative model for financing ultra-fast broadband investments be a solution to deliver ‘future-proof’ infrastructure to the UK’s towns and cities?

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Disincentivising overbidding in toll road project procurement

The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport has today published a report, jointly written by Oxera and RBconsult, which identifies and assesses methods of disincentivising overbidding to obtain toll road concessions. The result is a set of international best practice principles and recommendations to minimise overbidding within public–private partnerships.

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Are rail fare increases offering good value for money?

Based on yesterday’s RPI figure for July, regulated rail fares in England will rise by 6.2% on average.

Oxera discussed this issue in an Agenda article last year, when the RPI + 3 fares policy was first expected to be used to set regulated fares in January 2012. Ultimately the policy was revised back to the previous position of RPI + 1 in last November’s Autumn Statement.

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Oxera expert role in landmark damages ruling by Competition Appeal Tribunal

On July 5th, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) issued a judgment in 2 Travel Group Plc (In Liquidation) v Cardiff City Transport Services Limited . This was a ‘follow-on’ damages claim based on a finding by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2008 that Cardiff Bus had engaged in anti-competitive practices against 2 Travel, an entrant into the market for local bus services in Cardiff.

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