Track access guidance and forms

Track access guidance

1 December 2021
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If a train operator wants to access the national railway network, it will need a track access contract with Network Rail. This page sets out what you need to know.

Track access

25 November 2021
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We make sure the passenger and freight train operating companies have fair access to the rail network – and that best use is made of capacity.

Model connection contract – Transitioning to CPI

6 March 2019
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Following consultation we consider it appropriate to amend the model connection contract so that CPI is used for new contracts, rather than RPI in the adjustment factor, as with track access contracts.

Track access factsheet

27 November 2014
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If a railway operator wants to run trains on the rail network, it must seek the independent rail regulator's approval for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

Freight terminals

6 March 2014
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Do you want to establish a freight terminal? This page will help you with the things you need to know.

Access exemptions

13 January 2014
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Under certain conditions, a facility owner of a railway asset, such as a station, can apply to be exempt from certain access provisions.

Connection contracts

13 January 2014
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This section contains information relating to connection contracts including the model connection contract and the applicability of the associated General Approval.

Access for passenger operators

13 January 2014
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Guidance and the application form for track access by passenger operators, whether franchised or Open Access.