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.

Railway safety levy consultation

28 September 2016
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We sought views on a standard format for the submission of railway service providers’ financial information to us for safety levy apportionment purposes.

New General Approval for freight track access contracts

19 September 2016
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Date published: 30 September 2016Closing date: 11 November 2016, 5pmThe purpose of this consultation was to seek views on a proposed new General Approval for freight track access contracts, to replace the Freight Access (Track Access Contracts) General Approval 2012.The new General Approval reflects changes in industry processes and the model freight track access contracts, and modifications to

Review of the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and General Approval (Depots) 2013

25 August 2016
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This consultation is now closed.Review of the general approvals - final conclusionsOur final conclusions following our consultation on reviewing the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and General Approval (Depots) 2013.Review of the General Approval (Stations) 2013 & General Approval (Depots) 2013 – final conclusions27 January 2017General approval for stations (2017)General approval for depots (2017

Periodic review 2018 (PR18) initial consultation and conclusions

10 August 2016
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In May 2016, we published our first major consultation on the 2018 periodic review (PR18). PR18 would determine Network Rail Infrastructure Limited’s (Network Rail’s) outputs and funding in control period 6 (CP6, which will run from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024). P

Network Charges - a consultation on how charges can improve efficiency

3 August 2016
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Date published: 10 December 2015 Closing date: 4 March 2016 This consultation looked at the way in which Network Rail charges train operators for use of its network. These charges affect decisions made by operators, Network Rail and funders. This was the first consultation as part of a comprehensive review of Network Rail’s structure of charges for Control Period 6, (CP6) - (2019-2024) and beyond

Monitoring Highways England’s network investment

20 July 2016
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This consultation has now concluded.Conclusions and next stepsWe consulted on our approach to monitoring Highways England’s delivery of its network investment in summer 2016. The approach detailed in this document takes account of the responses received and sets out how the ORR monitors Highways England’s network investment plans and delivery of those plans, against the requirements of the Road

Guidance on The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016

20 July 2016
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This consultation is now closed.ConclusionsOur conclusion to the consultation and the final guidance document were published on Wednesday 21 December 2016. Consultation responses were received from four stakeholders, and we have responded to all points raised. These include:The inclusion of flow-charts for ease of useThe extension of time-limits to 10 working daysVarious points on the scope of

ORR’s approach to monitoring and reviewing markets

20 July 2016
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This consultation is now closed.Publication of updated guidanceOn 30 January 2017, having considered responses to our consultation, we published the final version of our approach to monitoring and reviewing markets.ORR response to consultationAngel Trains Ltd response to consultationRail Delivery Group response to consultationORR’s guidance on approach to monitoring and reviewing marketsThe key

Comments invited on Railway Safety Regulations 1999 exemption application – train protection arrangements for running of Crossrail trains between Paddington and Heathrow Airport Junction

15 March 2016
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Date published: 2 September 2015 Closing date: 27 October 2015 We invited comments on an exemption application we received from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited in association with Crossrail Limited and MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited concerning the train protection arrangements for the running of Class 345 Crossrail passenger trains between Paddington and Heathrow Tunnel Junction. The

Consultation on Eurotunnel’s Network Statement

19 February 2016
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This consultation is now closed. Outcome Our comments have been developed in line with the principles set out in the co-operation agreement between ORR and ARAFER and with regard to the requirements of the Recast Directive (2012/34 EU). Eurotunnel Network Statement 2017 19 February 2016 Consultation Date published: 24 July 2015 Closing date: 18 September 2015 On 16 June 2015 Directive 2012/34/EU[1

Charging framework for the Heathrow Spur

10 February 2016
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This consultation is now closed.Consultation conclusionsThis document sets out our decision in relation to Heathrow Airport Limited’s ability to levy a charge to recover the historical costs of constructing the Heathrow Spur itself, and establishes a charging framework for the Spur.We have decided that HAL is not permitted to introduce all of its proposed new charges for train operators, such as

Consultation on improving Schedule 5 of the model freight track access contract

20 January 2016
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On 6 November 2015 we consulted on proposed changes to Schedule 5 and the associated Rights Table in the model freight track access contract. This also included consequential changes to Schedule 4. These changes are to reflect the move away from freight access rights having "Levels" and towards having origin and destination timing windows for services. We also proposed to simplify the Rights Table

Consultation on our approach to the enforcement of competition law in the railways sector

18 January 2016
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This consultation is now closed.Publication of updated guidanceOn 31 March 2016, having considered responses to our consultation, we published the final version of our approach to the enforcement of the Competition Act 1998 in relation to the supply of services relating to railways.ORR response to consultationNetwork Rail’s response to consultationTransport for London’s response to consultationORR

Call for evidence on passenger compensation

15 January 2016
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The purpose of this letter was to invite interested parties to submit evidence that may support ORR’s enquiries into the issues raised in the super-complaint made by Which? regarding rail passenger compensation.

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