Consultation on changes to charges and contractual incentives

Date published: 15 December 2016
Closing date: 9 March 2017

As part of the 2018 periodic review (PR18), we are reviewing the structure of charges levied for use of the network and the incentives in place for Network Rail and train operators.

These charges and incentives affect the decisions that Network Rail, train operators and funders make. They play an important role in improving outcomes for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers.


We are now seeking views on a series of proposals we recommend implementing for control period 6 and on the options for the capacity charge and improving the incentives on Network Rail and train operators to work together. These build on the valuable engagement we have had with stakeholders on charging and incentives since our December 2015 consultation and stakeholder letter on Schedules 4 and 8 pdf icon PDF, 262 Kb last year.

Improving incentives on Network Rail and train operators: a consultation on changes to charges and contractual incentives pdf icon PDF, 367 Kb
Published 15 December 2016

We have also published a series of documents to support this consultation. These can be found in the supporting documents section below.

Stakeholder events

We held two stakeholder events in London and Glasgow in February 2017 to help support attendees in developing their responses to this consultation. Slides used at these stakeholder events are available.

Charges and contractual incentives stakeholder presentation slides - February 2017 pdf icon PDF, 1,075 Kb

Supporting documents


Draft impact assessments:

Initial thinking and proposals: