A list of our guidance is available in date order below.
The purpose of this guidance is to outline our approach to discharging our monitoring and reviewing responsibilities in relation to rail markets.
30 Jan 2017
This guidance sets out ORR’s interpretation of The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016. It explains the key provisions of the 2016 Regulations, including the rights and responsibilities of infrastructure managers, service facility operators, and railway undertakings. It also explains how applicants can appeal to ORR, and the process that ORR will follow in considering an appeal.
21 Dec 2016
This document provides advice and guidance on the statutory obligations on railway service providers (RSPs) arising under The Railway Safety Levy Regulations 2006 (the Regulations). It also sets out the purpose of the railway safety levy, how it operates and the role of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
28 Sep 2016
This guidance supports the passenger information licence condition (condition 4) in passenger, station and network operator licences by giving more information about what is expected and how it will be enforced.
29 Jun 2016
The route level efficiency benefit sharing (REBS) mechanism will encourage Network Rail and train operators (passenger and freight) to work together and allow both to share in Network Rail’s efficiency gains or losses on an annual basis. REBS is designed to strengthen the alignment of incentives between Network Rail and train operators in order to support greater co-operation to drive down industry costs.
31 Mar 2016
Competition Act 1998 guidance PDF, 326 Kb
Guidance on ORR’s approach to the enforcement of the Competition Act 1998 in relation to the supply of services relating to railways.
31 Mar 2016
This guidance is for operators and prospective operators of trains, stations, networks and light maintenance depots (LMDs).
11 Mar 2016
Our monitoring reporting guidelines and associated template statements set out the information that Highways England is required to provide to us through annual monitoring reporting statements.
18 Dec 2015
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for depot access agreements.
20 Aug 2015
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for station access agreements.
20 Aug 2015
Network Rail’s regulatory accounts provide information on Network Rail’s financial performance on a regulatory basis.
21 Mar 2014
The general consent which allows Network Rail to dispose of land without prior notice in certain situations; the criteria we will use in deciding whether we should intervene when notified of a proposed disposal; and our policies relating to major air rights, compulsory purchase orders, the subletting of land, and the potential for compensation after a blocked disposal.
18 Dec 2013
It is our responsibility to ensure that Network Rail delivers what the Westminster and Scottish governments want – and provides real value for money for customers and taxpayers. This covers everything from running and maintaining the existing rail network, right up to developing new facilities and services. Every five years, we conduct a periodic review of Network Rail’s plans for the next control period.
31 Oct 2013
The purpose of this guidance is to set out: which plans local authorities should consult ORR about; what information should be provided to ORR; and how we will work with local authorities to review plans and what timescales should be allowed.
17 Sep 2013
Starting mainline rail operations PDF, 455 Kb
Guide aimed at people or organisations that are new to the issues surrounding rail regulation and want to know what steps a prospective train operator will have to take before it starts running services.
23 Jul 2013
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for track access contracts.
22 Jan 2013
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for framework agreements on the HS1 network.
20 Dec 2012
A set of policies and guidelines describing how investments arising between periodic reviews should be treated.
29 Oct 2010
The approach we will take in exercising our consumer law enforcement role with regard to services relating to the railways.
30 Mar 2010
Guidance on how we intend to assess new international rail passenger services.
9 Jun 2009
Route utilisation strategies guidelines PDF, 54 Kb
These guidelines apply to all Route Utilisation Strategies (RUSs). Where a RUS is already in progress it should comply with any new or revised aspects of these guidelines to the extent that it is reasonably practicable to do so.
1 Apr 2009
A list of our health and safety guidance.
6 Jan 2009
Outline of how applications proposing amendment of the Delay Attribution Guide should be submitted to both the Delay Attribution Board (DAB) and the ORR for approval.
18 Jul 2008
A plain English guide for those concerned about the price of their rail fare or car-park charges at their station.
16 Dec 2007
Environmental policy guidance PDF, 39 Kb
Guidance on environmental arrangements for licence holders.
13 Dec 2007
Closure references procedures PDF, 87 Kb
Explanation of how we intend to carry out the ratification role which has been given to us under the network modification provisions of the Railways Act 2005 (“the Act”), and the procedures we intend to follow.
1 Dec 2006
Guide to the model freight track access contract PDF, 218 Kb
Guide intended primarily for prospective freight train operators but also others in the rail industry who need to know about the model freight track access contract (the model contract).
8 Apr 2005