Core Valley Lines (CVL)

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This page contains all Core Valley Lines (CVL) track access application consultations, decisions, consolidated agreements, and the CVL charging framework. It also contains information on the CVL Network Code, including details of any approved modifications to the Code, and our consultations on a network licence for the operator of the network.

Current track access applications

This section contains all application forms, documents and responses we make public, relating
to CVL track access applications we are currently considering. This includes:

  • new track access contracts; and
  • amendments to track access contracts.

There are no current track access applications.

Decisions on track access applications

This section contains all decisions we have made in relation to CVL track access applications.
This includes:

  • new track access contracts; and
  • amendments to track access contracts.

2019-21

Date TOC/FOC Number Links to documents
1 February 2021 Amey Keolis Infrastructure/Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited 3rd SA

Approved agreement
Decision letter

1 February 2021 Amey Keolis Infrastructure/Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited 2nd SA

Approved agreement
Decision letter

16 July 2020 Amey Keolis Infrastructure/Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited 1st SA Approval Notice
Decision Letter 
25 March 2020 Amey Keolis Infrastructure and Merthyr Ltd Connection Contract   Direction Notice
Decision Letter
Cwmbargoed Sidings Connection Agreement
29 November 2019 Amey Keolis Infrastructure/Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited,
GB Railfreight,
Freightliner,
Freightliner Heavy Haul, and
DB Cargo
(4 separate directions) freight services track access contracts
  Decision letter
GBRf directions
Freightliner directions
Freightliner HH directions
DB Cargo directions

Consolidated agreements

A consolidated agreement is a document incorporating all approved amendments to the existing approved agreement.

They are provided by CVL for reference purposes only.

Certain information may be excluded from these consolidated versions. This is because we may withhold from publication information which relates to the affairs of a private individual or a corporate or unincorporated body if we are satisfied that publication would or might seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that person or body.

TOC/FOC Consolidated agreement

Keolis Amey Operations / Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited 

 
KAOL dated 15 February 2021

GB Railfreight Ltd GBRF dated 29 January 2021
Freightliner Ltd FL dated 29 January 2021
Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd FHH dated 29 January 2021
DB Cargo (UK) Ltd DBC dated 29 January 2021

The CVL Network Code

The CVL Network Code is a common set of rules and industry procedures that apply to all parties who have a contractual right of access to the CVL infrastructure owned and operated by the CVL infrastructure manager.

The CVL infrastructure manager manages and maintains the CVL Network Code, and all related documentation. The full CVL Network Code can be found on the CVL Infrastructure Manager website.

Our responsibility is to ensure that the CVL Network Code provides appropriate contractual certainty for all affected parties and does not benefit one contractual party to a greater extent than another.

Description of the CVL Network Code

The CVL Network Code sets out the industry procedures governing:

  • the way in which service performance is monitored and measured (Part B);
  • modifications to the CVL Network Code (Part C);
  • the translation of access rights into the construction of the timetable (Part D);
  • environmental protection issues (Part E);
  • the contractual arrangements governing changes to the trains used on the CVL network and to the CVL network itself (Parts F and G respectively);
  • the CVL Railway Operational Code (Part H);
  • changes to access rights (Part J); and
  • appeals to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) (Part M).

The CVL Access Dispute Resolution Rules (ADRR), setting out how disputes under access contracts are resolved, can also be found on the CVL Infrastructure Manager website.

Safety responsibilities, for example through safety certificates and safety authorisations, and Railway Group Standards, take priority over the CVL Network Code obligations.

Approved amendments to the CVL Network Code

Part C of the CVL Network Code provides processes by which the Code can be modified.

  • Condition C1 provides a democratic industry process whereby the CVL infrastructure manager and each Access Beneficiary can propose changes to the CVL Network Code; and
  • Condition C3 provides the ORR with a right to make changes.

Recent modifications are listed below.

Modifications to the CVL Network Code

Proposal Approval notice
Covering Letter
Proposals for amendment
Date approved Links to documents
Approval of Proposal for Change 21/01 – changes to Part D of the CVL Network Code 12 March 2021

Approval Notice and approved changes
Cover letter

Approval of Proposal for Change 20/01 – changes to Part D of the CVL Network Code
    
8 September 2020 Approval Notice and approved changes
Cover letter
Approval of the CVL Network Change Standard Forms A to X 21 July 2020 Approval Notice and approved changes
Cover letter

Model contracts

There are no current model contracts.

Charging framework

Core Valley Lines charging framework

Network licence

This section gives information on our consideration of a network licence for the operator of the CVL network. Our consultation documents, stakeholder responses and conclusions are provided through the table below.

Date Publications Documents
13 December 2019 Statutory consultation: network licence for the Core Valley Lines Infrastructure Operator of last resort Wales Infrastructure Manager of Last Resort Limited
26 November 2019 Conclusion: Network licence for Amey Keolis Infrastructure / Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited

Conclusions letter, 26 November 2019 

Responses to ORR's proposal to grant a network licence for the operation of the Core Valley Lines statutory consultation

25 July 2019 Statutory consultation: Network licence for Amey Keolis Infrastructure / Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited Statutory consultation on network licence for Amey Keolis Infrastructure Ltd
7 June 2019 Initial consultation on a network licence for the operator of the Core Valley Lines

Amey Keolis Infrastructure 
Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited

Responses