How to apply for track access


This section contains all the links you need to enable you to apply for track access, or for a contract for connection to the network, whether for passenger or freight. It also includes links to help you to apply for options on access and details of applicable exemptions. There are further links to our comprehensive Criteria and Procedures document as well as detailed model contracts for all aspects of access operations which we strongly recommend are followed for all contracts.

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail. View our infographic on how we make decisions on track access.

How to apply for:

  • Access for passenger operators
    Includes the application form for use by passenger operators (including charter and open access operators), our passenger model contracts, our general approvals and information for new entrants to the market, including potential international operators.
  • Access for freight operators
    Including the application form for use by freight operators, our freight model contract, our general approvals and information for new entrants to the market.
  • Freight terminals
    The things you need to know if you want to establish a freight terminal.
  • A connection contract
    This page contains information for those wishing to apply for a connection to Network Rail's network, including our model connection contract and general approval.
  • An access exemption
    This page contains our policy on access exemptions.