The ability to move from A to B is fundamental to modern life and business, whether that be by road, rail or air. With the re-election of a Conservative government, it appears that private transport operators will continue to run bus and rail services throughout the UK and will continue to periodically compete for the rights to continue running those services. As well as running public services, transport operators own significant property portfolios encompassing railway stations, car parks and bus depots and manage complex and highly regulated relationships with Network Rail, adjacent property owners and the public.
Hägen Wolf acts for a number of major rail and bus operators and its lawyers have extensive and longstanding experience in the sector. We regularly advise on landlord and tenant issues arising in connection with station tenants as well as relationships with third party parking operators and issues arising from the National Station Access Conditions and competition law. Two of our lawyers acted for Stagecoach Plc alongside Tim Ward QC of Monkton Chambers and Andy Creer of Hardwicke in the recent reported case of Red & White Services Limited v Phil Anslow Ltd & Others  EWHC 1699 (Ch). Where we are not conflicted, we also act for station tenants, including retailers trading on the London Underground network.
Our work in this sector has included evicting a large traveller encampment from a former bus depot in Stockport, defending a land contamination claim, a test case on the requirements of contracted out leases, an injunction in respect of the unauthorised use of bus bays and defending a claim under the Competition Act 1988 in relation to the leasing of bus bays.
Get in touch if:
- A station tenant falls into arrears
- Someone who is not the tenant is in occupation
- Travellers move onto your land
- If there is unauthorised parking on station land
- You wish to renew or terminate a retail lease
- Another operator is using your bus bays
- Your tenant is still in occupation after their lease has expired