Connection contracts

This section contains information relating to connection contracts including the model connection contract and the applicability of the associated General Approval.

If you wish to connect facilities to the Network Rail network you should consider using our model connection contract. This contract sets out the rights and obligations of the parties for the ongoing operation and maintenance (including renewal) of connections between two railway networks. There is a separate model connection contract for Scotland.

Connection contracts may not need to come to ORR for specific approval if they fall under the terms described in our General Approval. Contracts which fall under the terms are automatically approved by us and will not need to be submitted to us to go through our approval process. Parties to such contracts should still send us a copy of the signed contract when it is entered into.

If your contract is not with Network Rail or not covered by the General Approval you need to apply for ORR's specific approval. Please use our Form C to do this.

From time to time parties wish to novate their connection contract to transfer the rights and obligations of the connection contract from one Facility Owner to another. This is a standard template novation to do this which you can use.

For more information on what you need to know please see our Connection Contracts guidance available on our track access guidance web page.

Form C, the General Approval, the templates and contracts are available to download from track access forms, model contracts and general approvals.