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.

Review of the Rolling Stock Leasing Market Investigation Order 2009

18 December 2014
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Date published: 19 December 2014Closing date: 16 February 2015In December 2014 we sought stakeholders' views on the operation of the Rolling Stock Leasing Market Investigation Order 2009 put in place by the Competition Commission (the CC) following its Rolling Stock Leasing market investigation.Passenger rolling stock represents both a key resource and a key cost to the rail industry (rolling

Review of ORR’s economic enforcement policy and penalties statement

5 December 2014

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ORR's economic enforcement policy and penalties statement explains our policy for enforcing licences (Network Rail and industry operators). It sets out in detail what powers we have to enforce compliance with the licence. It also sets out the remedies available to us if licence holders are not compliant and how we will decide whether and when to use them.

Connection contracts: amending our general approval to include novations

30 September 2014
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Date published: 30 September 2014 Closing date: 28 November 2014Consultation on extending the general approval to include the novation of connection contracts based on ORR's template.Connection contracts govern the maintenance and operation of connection points, that is where two networks meet. We already have a general approval which covers new qualifying connection contracts. When a Facility

Retail market review - consultation on the potential impacts of regulation and industry arrangements and practices for ticket selling

3 September 2014
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Date published: 3 September 2014Closing date: 17:00 on 31 October 2014The Retail Market Review, launched in early 2014, considers how regulation and industry practices and arrangements for ticket selling are facilitating choice and promoting investment and innovation in the best interests of passengers.In September 2014, we undertook a consultation to seek stakeholders' views on the materiality

A greater role for ORR regulating passenger franchisees in England and Wales

8 July 2014
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Start date: 22 December 2011 Closing date: 2 March 2012This joint ORR and Department for Transport consultation sought views on the potential for an expanded role for ORR in respect of new passenger rail franchises in England and Wales. It set out areas where the Government believes there may be a case for ORR doing more in relation to the protection of passenger interests, in line with the

Revising railway safety regulations: Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997, Railway Safety Regulations 1999 and Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001

8 July 2014
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In 2014, as part of the Government's 'Red Tape Challenge' to reduce unnecessary secondary legislation, we consulted on our proposals to revoke the Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1997, Railway Safety Regulations 1999 and Railway Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001 (together ‘the current Regulations’) and replace them with a new set of regulations. The decision

Periodic review 2013 (PR13) consultations

1 July 2014

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A list of our closed PR13 consultations in date order. Consultation on implementation of CP5 capacity charge for new open access operators Last updated: 1 Jul 2014 Consultation about our proposed approach to implement our decision on the capacity charge rates payable by new entrant open access operators (OAOs) during CP5. Capacity charge baselines for freight, open access passenger and charter

Consultation on implementation of CP5 capacity charge for new open access operators

16 May 2014

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Date published: 16 May 2014 Closing date: 1 July 2014 Consultation about our proposed approach to implement our decision on the capacity charge rates payable by new entrant open access operators (OAOs) during CP5. In our final determination we made our decision on the capacity charge rates payable by new entrant open access operators (OAOs) during CP5. We said that: New entrant OAOs will pay CP4

Modification to the National Station Access Conditions 2013 (England & Wales) and National Station Access Conditions 2013 (Scotland)

8 May 2014
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Date published: 8 May 2014 Closing date: 4 July 2014This consultation is now closed.We issued a formal consultation under Condition B6 of the National Station Access Conditions 2013 ("NSACs") to modify those Access Conditions to rectify a cross-referencing error that resulted from the PR13 review notice for stations. The consultation closed on 4 July 2014 and on 21 July 2014 we issued a formal

Capacity charge baselines for freight, open access passenger and charter operators

19 March 2014

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In our Periodic review 2013: final determination of Network Rail's outputs and funding for 2014-19, we concluded that the capacity charge would be levied on freight, open access and charter operators in CP5 subject to a number of baselines, so that Network Rail would effectively receive a higher charge for traffic above certain thresholds as part of a year-end reconciliation or wash-up process.

Retail market review for selling tickets

19 February 2014
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The purpose of the review is to consider how current regulation and industry arrangements and practices within the retail market are facilitating choice and, in particular, promoting investment and innovation in the best interest of passengers.Stakeholder workshopORR's stakeholder workshop for the review of the rail retail market took place on 8 May 2014. The note and presentation slides below

Capacity charge for franchise and open access passenger for CP5

14 January 2014
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Date published: 25 September 2013 Closing date: 30 September 2013The purpose of this letter is to:make the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) aware of the legal advice we have received with respect to implementing forms of the capacity charge (including RDG 's proposed option); andupdate RDG and the industry on our further thinking on the capacity charge, with a refinement of our proposed option taking

Schedules 4 and 8 possessions and performance regimes

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/011/2012 Date published: 26 November 2012 Start date: 26 November 2012 Closing date: 28 January 2013We are seeking views on a range of detailed issues relating to Schedules 4 and 8 – the compensation train operators receive for the financial impact of planned and unplanned rail service disruption attributable to Network Rail or other train operators. Schedule 4 compensates train

Financial issues for Network Rail in CP5

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/009/2012 Date published: 1 August 2012 Start date: 1 August 2012 Closing date: 26 September 2012On 1 August 2012, we published our periodic review 2013 consultation on financial issues for Network Rail in CP5.This consultation marked another important step in the 2013 periodic review of Network Rail's access charges (PR13).We consulted on detailed issues relating to the financial

Network Rail's output framework for 2014-19

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/010/2012 Date published: 1 August 2012 Start date: 1 August 2012 Closing date: 28 September 2012On 1 August 2012 we published a consultation on what Network Rail will need to deliver in 2014-19 (control period 5). The consultation covers the 'output framework' – the outputs we will set Network Rail, the main indicators we will use to monitor the company and the enablers (measures of

Variable usage charge and a freight specific charge

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/005/2012 Date published: 17 May 2012 Start date: 17 May 2012 Closing date: 10 August 2012On 17 May 2012 we published our Periodic review 2013 consultation on the variable usage charge and a freight specific charge. The purpose of the consultation was to:consult on work undertaken to review the variable usage charge paid by both passenger and freight operators to recover the cost

Aligning incentives to improve efficiency

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/003/2012 Date published: 3 May 2012 Start date: 3 May 2012 Closing date: 12 July 2012 (extended from 28 June 2012 – see below)On 3 May 2012, we published a further consultation on the alignment of incentives between Network Rail and train operators to improve cost efficiency.This PR13 consultation provided an update on our position on the introduction of route-level efficiency

Incentives

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/020/2011 Date published: 14 December 2011 Start date: 14 December 2011 Closing date: 8 February 2012On 14 December 2011, we published a consultation document on detailed issues and proposals relating to incentives as part of our work on PR13. This follows our first consultation document on PR13 which we published in May.The Rail Value for Money study highlighted a lack of alignment

The potential for increased on-rail competition

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/017/2011 Date published: 4 October 2011 Start date: 4 October 2011 Closing date: 4 December 2011This consultation asked for stakeholder views on the potential for increased on-rail competition. It forms part of our programme of work for the 2013 periodic review (PR13). During PR13 we have to make key decisions on the outputs that Network Rail should deliver and the levels of access