Track access guidance

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This guidance sets out our approach to regulating track access.

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

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. If you have any questions, please contact us.

This guidance does not reflect the likely impact of the recast of the First Railway Package. We will update it later in the year as changes are implemented.

Introduction, October 2017

Overview

How to apply

Model track access contracts

Charging and performance

Other networks

Appeals

ORR's Enforcement powers under The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016

ORR current work and policy documents
Read information about our current work.

ORR decisions

This section contains links to recent track access and connection contract decisions. This includes new contracts and amendments to current contracts. See track access decisions.

For previous policy decisions and workstreams related to the criteria and procedures, please see the policy and document archive on the National Archives website.