Review of the Schedule 4 possessions regime and Schedule 8 train performance regime

Date of publication

PR23 final determination

On 31 October 2023 we published our final decisions in our PR23 final determination policy position on Schedules 4 and 8 incentives, which concludes this review.

Consultation outcome and further consultation questions

On 20 October 2022 we published our conclusions on our review of the frameworks for Schedules 4 and 8 in control period 7 (CP7), as well as consultation questions on outstanding matters. 

The Schedules 4 and 8 regimes compensate train operators and provide financial incentives arising from planned and unplanned service disruption. We have been reviewing the frameworks as part of our periodic review 2023 (PR23) programme. 

  • On Schedule 4, we are going ahead with our plan to introduce an opt-out mechanism. 
  • On Schedule 8, we are proposing to insert new clauses into Schedule 8 for operators that will be contracted by Great British Railways. If triggered in the event of legislative change, these clauses could remove the majority of requirements for Schedule 8 payments for these operators. 
  • We are also proposing an approach to add flexibility to Schedule 8 in CP7. 

Our focus for the rest of PR23 is turning to recalibrating the Schedules 4 and 8 regimes for CP7.

April 2022 consultation

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In this consultation, we presented further proposals in respect of Network Rail’s Schedules 4 and 8 regimes. These proposals were informed by feedback from our initial consultations published in 2021. Overall, we said we were minded to proceed with a proportionate number of incremental changes to the regimes. 

Publishing your response

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

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  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
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