Consultations

Here you’ll find all our consultations, both open and concluded, past policy, licence and access casework consultations. You’ll also find our response to consultations from other organisations.

Preparatory work for the review of Schedules 4 and 8

13 November 2015
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In late 2015, we began preparing for reviews of Schedules 4 and 8 of the track access contract (the possessions and performance regimes, respectively) for the 2018 periodic review of Network Rail (PR18).

Retail market review conclusions

7 September 2015
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ORR’s Retail Market Review focused on who sells tickets, what tickets are sold, where and how tickets are sold, and the ticket format. We considered this from the point of view of the industry rules and practices that govern how all retailers (train operating companies (TOCs) and third party retailers) sell tickets.

ORR's health and safety compliance and enforcement policy statement 2015

20 August 2015
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Date published: 20 August 2015 Closing date: 25 September 2015 This consultation document sets out how we use our powers to carry out our regulatory enforcement responsibilities arising from health and safety and other relevant legislation. It will replace the existing document last published in April 2013. ORR is the health and safety enforcing authority and National Safety Agency for Britain's

Implementing the EC4T cost reconciliation

14 December 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This was a consultation on the principles of and changes to the contractual wording for the cost reconciliation (or "cost wash-up") for charges for electric current for traction (EC4T) as part of the 2013 periodic review (PR13).

Implementing PR13 - capacity charge

4 November 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This consultation was extended to 4 November 2013, as explained in our update letter of 25 October 2013 clarifying the contractual wording in relation to freight operators.

Capacity charge for freight operators

14 October 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This letter was a consultation setting out the ORR's proposed conclusions for the capacity charge for freight operators in control period 5 (CP5), with reference to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)'s proposal received in the letter dated 13 September 2013 .

Consultative letter expanding on the discussion of the capacity charge

14 September 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This letter expanded on the discussion of the capacity charge in chapter 16 of ORR's draft determination of Network Rail's outputs and funding and, in particular, on the proposal put forward by the Rail Freight Operators' Association (RFOA).

Draft determination

14 September 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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The 2013 Periodic Review (PR13) is the process through which we determine the outputs that Network Rail must deliver, the efficient cost of delivering those outputs, and the access charges the company can levy on train operators for using its network to recover those costs. Our draft determination set out our package of overall decisions on PR13 for consultation.

Implementing PR13

14 September 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This consultation set out the specific changes we proposed to make to track and station access agreements and Network Rail's network licence to implement our 2013 periodic review (PR13).

The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations

21 May 2013
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The European Commission adopted Regulation 445/2011 on a system of certification of ECMs for freight wagons (the ECM Regulation) on 10 May 2011. We have consulted on the draft regulations to give effect to the ECM Regulation in Great Britain and bring the enforcement of it in line with our existing enforcement remit. In the light of lessons learned from operating under the current regime and other

Contingency planning for PR13 implementation

17 May 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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In April 2013, we consulted Network Rail and train operators on our proposed contingency plan in the event that there is a delay to the formal implementation of the 2013 periodic review (PR13).

Electricity for traction charges for control period 5

8 May 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This was a consultation on charges for electric current for traction (EC4T). We consulted on assumed levels of transmission losses for control period 5 (CP5) and how we propose to reform the volume wash-up.

Freight specific charge for biomass

28 March 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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his was a consultation on whether to introduce a freight specific charge on biomass as part of the periodic review (PR13). A freight specific charge balances payments for freight costs more fairly between businesses, taxpayers and passengers, recognising the wider benefits that rail freight brings against the costs of subsidising rail freight that would not otherwise travel by road.

Real time train information - findings from our review

28 February 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This consultation reported on the the findings of our review of National Rail Enquiries' (NRE) voluntary code of practice (the code), which governs how NRE deals with applications for access to its real time train information (RTTI) database ('Darwin').

Volume incentive

5 February 2013

Content archived on 22 May 2022

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This consultation set out our package of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the volume incentive.