Track access

We make sure 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.


This guidance sets out our approach to regulating track access.

How to apply for track access

Information you need to enable you to apply for track access, or for a contract for connection to the network, whether for passenger or freight.

Track access factsheet

If a railway operator wants to run trains on the rail network, it must seek our approval for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

Current track access applications

All documents relating to track access applications we are currently considering. This may include application forms, draft agreements, any related documents and responses we make public.

Track access decisions

Recent track access decisions, including new contracts and amendments to current contracts.

Consolidated agreements

consolidated or conformed track access contracts.

Forms, model contracts and general approvals

Standard application forms and model contracts to be used when applying for access to Network Rail's infrastructure or to connect to its network.