Review of Network Rail’s access charges

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In this consultation, part of ORR’s periodic review 2023 (PR23) programme, we present further proposals in respect of Network Rail’s CP7 access charges.

Access charges are paid by train operators (passenger, freight, and charter) for use of Network Rail’s track and stations. They ensure that Network Rail recovers its costs of maintaining and renewing the network fairly from different users (and taxpayers). They can also influence the decisions that Network Rail, train operators and funders make, and can therefore play a role in improving outcomes for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers.

As part of PR23, we are reviewing Network Rail’s access charging framework. This further consultation – which builds on our initial consultation published in July 2021 – confirms our overall approach for the PR23 charges review. It also sets out a number of incremental changes to the existing charging framework that we are minded to take forward, to ensure this framework remains effective in CP7.

Responding to this consultation

We welcome views on the proposals set out in this consultation. Please send responses by email to by Friday 1 July 2022. We have made available a consultation proforma which we invite you to use.

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In July 2021, we published our initial consultation on our PR23 review of Network Rail’s access charges. We identified a small number of incremental changes to the existing charging framework that we could take forward as part of PR23.

We sought views on these proposed changes, as part of this initial consultation.

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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.