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.

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

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

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

Review of ORR’s economic enforcement policy and penalties statement

5 December 2014

Content archived on 17 May 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.

Periodic review 2013 (PR13) consultations

1 July 2014

Content archived on 17 May 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

Content archived on 17 May 2022

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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

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.

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

Establishing Network Rail's efficient expenditure

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/014/2011 Date published: 26 July 2011 Start date: 26 July 2011 Closing date: 14 October 2011On 25 May 2011 we published our first consultation document on the periodic review 2013 (PR13).The document explains the context, process and timetable; sets out our proposed objective for PR13 and consults on a range of key issues relating to the approach we will take to determining Network

First PR13 consultation

14 January 2014
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Reference: ORR/013/2011 Date published: 25 May 2011 Start date: 25 May 2011 Closing date: 2 September 2011A periodic review is a programme of work through which decisions are made on what outputs Network Rail should deliver and the levels of access charges payable by train operators and other sources of funding the company receives.PR13 will establish outputs and access charges/funding for control

Policy on variable usage charges for modified vehicles

13 January 2014
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Start date: 6 April 2011 End date: 20 May 2011We have consulted on our policy regarding the variable usage charges applied to vehicles that have been modified to reduce track damage. The variable usage charge is set to reflect track wear and tear costs. It thereby incentivises train manufacturers, owners and operators to invest in track-friendly vehicles.In this consultation, we proposed to give

Schedule 4 sustained planned disruption - defined service group revenue values

13 January 2014
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Start date: 26 October 2010End date: 5 April 2011We consulted on the methodology and values for calculating defined service group revenue for each franchised train operator.The defined service group revenue is one benchmark used to identify whether an operator has experienced a period of sustained planned disruption (SPD), typically as a result of Network Rail's planned engineering activities.This

High level review of track access charges consultation

13 January 2014
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Start date: 2 July 2010End date: 26 August 2010In June 2010, we published a report on a high level review of track access charges and options for CP5, which we commissioned from CEPA (Cambridge Economic Policy Associates). We consulted on the charging options set out in the report, and on the current structure of track access charges more generally.We have now concluded on this consultation and