Access to the network

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

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

We regulate access to station and light maintenance depots by approving station and depot access agreements.

Track access

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

Station and depot access

Regulating access to station and light maintenance depots by approving station and depot access agreements.

The Network Code

The rules behind the contractual relationship between train operating companies and freight operating companies to run their trains on Network Rail infrastructure.