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.

Consultation on ORR's draft guidance on the Economic Equilibrium Test (EET)

28 November 2018
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Consultation conclusionsEU legislation has focused on opening up the European rail market and promoting competition in passenger rail markets. There are a number of protections within EU legislation to support this, including an overarching requirement that access to the network is granted in a fair and transparent manner. However, EU legislation also sets out limited circumstances where access to

Periodic review 2018: draft determination

31 August 2018
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Our draft determination set out our proposed decisions on the process through which we determined what Network Rail should deliver in respect of its role in operating, maintaining and renewing its network in control period 6 (CP6) and how the funding available should be best used to support this.

Consultation on our approach for assessing Network Rail's efficiency and wider financial performance in CP6

12 June 2018
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Overview Good quality financial information is important for effective regulation as it helps to ensure that the interests of customers and funders are properly protected. Network Rail's regulatory financial statements are the primary sources of information about the company's financial performance. We recently consulted on how we should assess Network Rail's efficiency and financial performance

Financial framework for PR18

12 June 2018
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Our decisions on the financial framework supplementary document that forms part of ORR's draft determination for PR18.

Improving Assisted Travel: a consultation

30 April 2018
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We have published a summary of those responses, and set out the steps we will take to strengthen the arrangements for Assisted Travel, including a review of the 2009 DPPP Guidance.

Periodic review 2019 (PR19) initial consultation for HS1 Limited

31 January 2018
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Consultation outcome Following careful review of the consultation responses, along with our continued engagement with stakeholders, we have developed the following approach document, which also sets out the process and timescales for our periodic review. ORR approach to PR19 Published 31 January 2018 Consultation responses We received 7 responses to our initial consultation from stakeholders. We

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