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 Holding Highways England to account

24 December 2019
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Consultation outcome In January 2020 we published a consultation on an updated monitoring framework and enforcement policy for Highways England, titled Holding Highways England to account. This new policy replaces our existing monitoring framework and enforcement policy for Highways England and comes into effect for the start of road period 2, from 1 April 2020. We received 17 responses to the

Consultation on updating ORR's guidance on access to service facilities

3 October 2019
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updated guidance, reflecting the European Commission’s Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2177 of 22 November 2017 on access to service facilities and rail-related services (stations, light maintenance depots, freight terminals and other sites and associated services).

Changes to complaints handling

29 July 2019
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We have published the results of research which reviews complaints handling in regulated sectors which have an ombudsman.

Process for the ORR periodic review of HS1 Ltd 2019 (PR19)

25 April 2019
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Following our further consultation, Eurostar's request and subsequent alternative proposal were considered by the ORR board at its meeting on 18 April 2019. This letter to Eurostar sets out the board's decision and the reasons for that decision.

Consultation on ORR’s Holding Network Rail to account policy

27 March 2019
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In November 2018, we published a consultation on a new regulatory policy for holding Network Rail to account for delivery of the commitments in our determination, and the obligations in its network licence. This new policy replaces the existing economic enforcement policy for Network Rail and comes into effect for the start of Control Period 6.

Roles and responsibilities for enhancements in CP6

18 March 2019
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Consultation on roles and responsibilities for Network Rail's enhancements work in Control Period 6 (CP6) as this will be treated differently to operations, maintenance and renewals expenditure in the Periodic Review 2018 (PR18).

Model connection contract – Transitioning to CPI

6 March 2019
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Following consultation we consider it appropriate to amend the model connection contract so that CPI is used for new contracts, rather than RPI in the adjustment factor, as with track access contracts.

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