OpenConsultation consultationoutcome

Proposal to modify track access consultations

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

On 27 April 2023, the Office of Rail and Road decided not to proceed with the idea of a three-month benchmark for the validity of industry track access consultations.

ORR will update wording of its track access guidance modules to clarify when the statutory tests apply for longer duration access contracts.

Read the full outcome on ORR’s website.

Detail of feedback received

The Office of Rail and Road has not published feedback received on this occasion.

Original consultation


Seeks feedback on proposals to update track access guidance modules on duration and the code of practice for consultations.

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Consultation description

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) proposes clarification of two elements of its track access guidance modules. These concern how long industry consultations on track access applications remain valid after they have concluded and the duration of long-term access agreements.

ORR ensures that passenger and freight train operating companies have fair access to the rail network and that best use is made of capacity.

The modules in the track access guidance series explain the criteria and procedures we expect to follow when dealing with applications for track access contracts.

Published 3 February 2023
Last updated 25 May 2023 + show all updates
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