Track access guidance


This guidance sets out our approach to regulating track access.

The information on these pages, and within the ORR documents we refer to, is being reviewed and will be updated as necessary to reflect the fact that the EU exit transition period has ended. If you have any questions regarding rail transport legislation from 1 January 2021 please refer to the GOV.UK website.

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.

Guidance documents


How to apply

Model track access contracts

Charging and performance

Other networks


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

ORR current work and policy documents

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.