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

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In this consultation, part of ORR’s periodic review 2023 (PR23) programme, we present preferred options for Network Rail’s possessions and train performance regimes.

Network Rail’s possessions and performance regimes compensate train operators for the financial impact of planned and unplanned service disruption. They create incentives on Network Rail to reduce the disruption caused by taking possession of the network, and incentives on all parties to improve punctuality and reliability.  

In this consultation, which builds on our initial consultations in 2021, we set out the expected scope of the regimes in CP7. We also present our preferred options for the regimes, putting forward a small number of proportionate changes. 

We are seeking views on these proposals. 

Responding to 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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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.

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  • 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Your consent to either of the above can be withdrawn at any time.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.

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