PR23 further consultation on open access airport services

Consultation status
Conclusions published
Date of publication

Consultation related to our 2023 periodic review (PR23) of Network Rail’s access charges.

Consultation outcome

On 31 October 2023 we published our PR23 final determination for control period 7 (CP7), which concludes this review. We also published our final policy position on access charges and responses to our consultation on the relevance of an infrastructure cost charge for open access airport services.

August 2023 consultation

In our draft determination (published in June 2023), we said that we intend to give further consideration to the relevance of a 'mark-up' charge (otherwise known as an Infrastructure Cost Charge, or ICC) for open access services to major airports in Great Britain.

This consultation sets out our proposal to permit Network Rail to levy an ICC on these services during control period 7 (CP7). Specifically, we are proposing to: 

  • permit Network Rail to levy an ICC on open access services from major rail stations in Great Britain to four airports: Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow and Birmingham International
  • set this ICC at £5 per train mile (in 2023 to 2024 prices), to be indexed in line with Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation during CP7.

Publishing your response

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We plan to publish all responses to this consultation on our website.

Should you wish for any information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that this may be subject to publication, or release to other parties or to disclosure, in accordance with the access to information regimes. These regimes are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory code of practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, if you are seeking confidentiality for information you are providing, please explain why. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

If you are seeking to make a response in confidence, we would also be grateful if you would annex any confidential information, or provide a non-confidential summary, so that we can publish the non-confidential aspects of your response.

Any personal data you provide to us will be used for the purposes of this consultation and will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice which sets out how we comply with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.


In responding to this consultation you consent to us:

  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
  • publishing your response on our website (unless you have indicated to us that you wish for your response to be treated as confidential as set out above.)

Your consent to either of the above can be withdrawn at any time. Further information about how we handle your personal data and your rights is set out in our privacy notice.

Format of responses

So that we are able to apply web standards to content on our website, we would prefer that you email us your response either in Microsoft Word format or OpenDocument Text (.odt) format. ODT files have a fully open format and do not rely on any specific piece of software.

If you send us a PDF document, please:

  • create it directly from an electronic word-processed file using PDF creation software (rather than as a scanned image of a printout); and
  • ensure that the PDF's security method is set to no security in the document properties.