Rail guidance and compliance


This section provides guidance on how to comply with various regulations, as well as guidance on obtaining access to the rail network, and applying for licences and safety certificates and authorisations.

Health and safety

It's our responsibility to ensure that those responsible make Britain's railways safe for passengers and provide a safe place for staff to work.

Operator access to the network

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement.

Operator licences & exemptions

We issue licences and licence exemptions to railway operators.

Train driving licences & certificates

Our guidance explaining the different responsibilities within the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 (TDLCR). 


Guidance on telling us about something you have discovered or seen in the course of your work in the rail industry.


Current rules and legislation on rail transport will continue to apply during the transition period.

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Information about noise or general environmental issues relating to the railways.

Risk management

The criteria we use to assess an organisation's ability to achieve excellence when controlling health and safety risks.

Network statements

A network statement is an annual publication that each major UK network operator must produce by law.