Consultation on ORR's proposed approach to track access and the future operation of High Speed 2 (HS2)

Date published: 21 September 2017
Closing date: 20 October 2017

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on how ORR proposes to take into account the future operation of HS2 when making decisions about access to the existing network.

Consultation on track access issues arising with High Speed 2 (HS2)
21 September 2017

Letter from the Department for Transport on HS2 track access issues
8 September 2017
Note: the wording of Annex 1 of the DfT letter was amended on 25 September 2017. For fuller detail regarding the assumed train service patterns set out in that Annex, please refer to pages 61-64 of HS2 Phase Two PFM v7.1 Assumptions report.

How to respond

Please send any comments or questions to by 5pm on 20 October 2017. We will publish a final version of our letter once we have considered any comments.

Publishing your response

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If you want information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.

In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

We will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

Format of responses

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If you do send us a PDF document, please:

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