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.

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
Body
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

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

8 July 2014
Body
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 17 May 2022

Body
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

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

19 March 2014

Content archived on 17 May 2022

Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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
Body
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

Review of arrangements for establishing access charges for control period 4 (CP4)

13 January 2014
Body
Start date: 25 November 2009 End date: 28 January 2010In November 2009, we started a review of arrangements for establishing track access charges for CP4 by writing to the industry and consulting on these arrangements.We have now concluded on this consultation and the conclusions are set out in Periodic Review 2013 first consultation annexes, that were published on 25 May 2011. The conclusions are

Draft exemption for the placing on the market of rail vehicles and components which contain asbestos

13 January 2014
Body
We sought views on a draft exemption to allow the placing on the market of asbestos-containing railway vehicles, and asbestos-containing components of railway vehicles. This stems from a consultation by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on proposals for draft regulations that would allow the placing on the market and use of a second-hand asbestos-containing article