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.

Deep Sea Container rail transport services - ORR consultation on modified commitments proposal

18 November 2015
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Date published: 19 November 2015Closing date: 27 November 2015The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) opened a consultation on modified commitments proposed by Freightliner Group Limited and Freightliner Limited (Freightliner) to address its competition concerns in relation to Freightliner’s conduct in the provision of Deep Sea Container rail transport services between certain ports and key inland

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.

Consultation on commitments proposed by Freightliner to address competition concerns

3 September 2015
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Date published: 3 September 2015Closing date: 1 October 2015 (17:00)The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) [currently operating as the Office of Rail and Road] opened a consultation on commitments proposed by Freightliner Group Limited and Freightliner Limited (Freightliner) to address ORR's competition concerns. This commitments proposal follows an ORR investigation under the Competition Act 1998

Request for stakeholders’ views on ROGS

21 August 2015

Content archived on 27 January 2022

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Date published: 21 August 2015 Closing date: 13 October 2015 Regulation 34A of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 [S.I. 2006/599] (as amended) (ROGS) requires that by 26 August 2016 (and every five years thereafter) the Secretary of State: carries out a post implementation review (PIR) of ROGS; sets out the conclusions of the review in a report; and publishes

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

Enforcement policy for Highways England

3 July 2015
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Date published: 3 July 2015Closing date: 25 September 2015This was ORR's second consultation on its new Highways Monitor role. The Highways Monitor was established to monitor the performance and efficiency of Highways England (previously the Highways Agency) in its management and enhancement of the strategic road network – the motorways and major 'A' roads in England.In addition to our monitoring

Approach to transparency consultation

11 March 2015
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Date published: 26 July 2012Closing date: 19 October 2012On 26 July 2012 we published a consultation on ORR's approach to transparency. We believe that transparency has a vital role to play in driving the behavioural changes necessary for industry reform, delivering better value for money and an industry that has a sharper focus on its customers.Our consultation document described why we believe

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

Content archived on 27 January 2022 - Superseded by Holding Network Rail to account

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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

Content archived on 27 January 2022

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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