Current track access applications

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This section contains the latest documents relating to track access applications we are currently considering. This may include application forms, draft agreements, any related documents and responses we make public.

We include track access applications on:

  • new contracts (sections 17 and 18)
  • amendments to contracts (sections 22 and 22A)
  • we also include notifications under the Economic Equilibrium Test

For older applications please see the archive. Once we've made a decision, these documents will be removed from this section and relevant documents will be published in the track access decisions section.

Network Rail is responsible for consulting on most proposed new contracts and amendments. Accordingly, please check Network Rail's consultation web pages as well as our own when looking for details of current consultations.

New contracts (section 17 and 18) Collapse accordion Open accordion

All current applications we are considering for new disputed contracts (section 17) and new agreed contracts (section 18).

TOC / FOC and Route Section Date consultation closes Links to documents

Grand Union Trains Limited
(London-Carmarthen)

17 Closed 3 June 2022 Draft Contract
Application Form
Industry Consultation Responses
Grand Union Trains Limited
(London-Carmarthen)
17 Application withdrawn 23/06/22 Draft Contract
Application Form
Network Rail Representations
GUT response to Network Rail Representations
Industry Consultation Responses 
DfT further response
Virgin Trains Limited
(West Coast Main Line
17 Application withdrawn 27/2/2020 Draft Contract    
Application Form
Withdrawal letter
Grand Union Trains Limited (London–Stirling)
(West Coast Main Line
17 Closed 16 December 2019/18 July 2021

Draft Contract (amended)   
Application form (amended)
Letter amending application 
Network Rail Representations
Grand Union response 
Revised application:
Draft Contract
Application form
Updated Network Rail representations
Further GU comments
ORR Request For Further Representations 

First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited
(West Coast Main Line
17 To be undertaken by Network Rail Draft Contract    
Application Form
Network Rail Representations
Updated Network Rail representations
Further FTWCRL comments
ORR Request For Further Representations 
Grand Union Trains Limited (London–Llanelli, Wales) 17 Application withdrawn 05/05/2020 Draft Contract    
Application Form
Consultation Responses 
Network Rail Representations
Grand Union response 
First Greater Western Limited 17 Closed 9 August 2019 Draft Contract
Application form
Network Rail's representation letter 
First Greater Western's representations for its s17 application  

Amendments to contracts (section 22 and 22A) Collapse accordion Open accordion

All current applications we are considering for agreed amendments to contracts (section 22) and disputed amendments to contracts (section 22A).

TOC / FOC and Route Section Name Date consultation closes Links to documents
GB Railfreight Limited  22A 17th SA  Closed – undertaken by GB Railfreight Ltd  

Application Form
Draft Agreement

Appendix A-D
Appendix E-H
Appendix I-L
Office of Rail and Road Update letter dated 26 April 2022
Further Network Rail representation dated 16 May 2022

Transport for Wales Rail Limited 22A 4th SA Closed – undertaken by Transport for Wales Limited.

Application form 
Draft agreement 
Details of timetabling issues from Network Rail 
Stakeholder support documents 
Responses to industry consultation 

Network Rail representations
Technical note
TfWRL response to NR representations
Office of Rail and Road Update letter dated 26 April 2022
Further Network Rail representation dated 16 May 2022
Transport for Wales Rail Limited response to further Network Rail representations

Notifications under the Economic Equilibrium Test Collapse accordion Open accordion

All current notifications of proposed open access applications that may be subject to the Economic Equilibrium Test.

Date notified TOC Route Date consultation closes Links to documents
15 November 2019 GO-OP Co-operative Limited Branch line: 1)Taunton – Bishops Lydeard – Williton – Watchet, this will be extended
with Taunton - Castle Cary or Taunton – Castle Cary – Frome. 2) Castle Cary – Yeovil Pen Mill – Yeovil Junction, this may be extended.
  Notification form
15 November 2019 GO-OP Co-operative Limited Mainline: Taunton – Castle Cary – Bruton* - Frome* - Westbury – Trowbridge – Melksham –
Chippenham – Swindon, may be extended.
  Notification form
23 August 2019 Grand Union Trains London Euston- Stirling Closed 23 September 2019

Notification form

EE Test requests received

10 July 2019 Grand Union Trains London Paddington – Cardiff & Swansea Closed 10 August 2019 Notification form

EE Test
requests
received
12 June 2019 GO-OP Co-operative Limited Cheltenham/Newport – Gillingham/Exeter St Davids/Dorchester West 11 July 2019
Proposal withdrawn 20 September 2019 
Notification form

EE Test requests received 
11 June 2019 Keolis Amey Operations (TfW Rail Services) Bristol services Proposal withdrawn 21 June 2019 Notification form 
11 June 2019 Keolis Amey Operations (TfW Rail Services) Coventry services Proposal withdrawn 21 June 2019 Notification form 
10 June 2019 Virgin Trains Limited London Euston - Liverpool Lime Street Closed 10 July 2019 Notification form

EE Test requests received
27 March 2019 Grand Union Trains London Paddington - Cardiff Central Closed 27 April 2019

Proposal withdrawn 10 July 2019        
Notification form

EE Test requests received