Operator access to the network

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We ensure the passenger and freight train operating companies have fair access to the rail network – and that best use is made of capacity.

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

We regulate access to station and light maintenance depots by approving station and depot access agreements.

Track access

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

Station and depot access

Regulating access to station and light maintenance depots by approving station and depot access agreements.

The Network Code

The rules behind the contractual relationship between train operating companies and freight operating companies to run their trains on Network Rail infrastructure.

Core Valley Lines (CVL) access

All Core Valley Lines (CVL) track access application consultations, decisions, consolidated agreements, and the CVL charging framework.

Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS) access

This page contains information on access and licensing on the Crossrail Central Operating Section.

Heathrow Spur access

This page contains information on access and licensing on the Heathrow Spur.