East Coast Main Line


This page contains information on our consideration of capacity, performance and current applications for access on the East Coast Main Line (ECML).

Process for current applications

We have provided a number of updates to stakeholders to set out how we plan to take forward our consideration of competing applications on the ECML.

Decision letter

Track Access factsheet infographic

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.

How we make our decisions on track access and what factors we consider when making those decisions:

Hearing transcripts

Economic Modelling

ECML Capacity Study

In 2014 Network Rail produced a capacity options report and a timetable assessment to inform ORR on the capacity options that will exist on the ECML from 2020. Network Rail provided an update letter on 20 May 2015.


Further information on current applications on this ECML is available on our section 17 applications page.


We have provided a number of updates throughout the process and received correspondence from stakeholders.

Responses to CH2M report:

ECML Connectivity Fund letters:

Further correspondence:


Any enquiries should be directed to:

David Reed
Senior Executive, access & licensing team
Office of Rail and Road
One Kemble Street

Email: david.reed@orr.gsi.gov.uk