Access and licensing policy consultations

Our access and licensing policy consultations and conclusions.

Consultation on ORR's draft guidance on the Economic Equilibrium Test (EET)
Closing date: 14 Jan 2019
We are consulting on our guidance which sets out how we plan to administer the test.


Consultation on application for consent to obtain recovery of costs incurred in operation of the Heathrow rail infrastructure
Closing date: 8 Jan 2018
Heathrow Airport Limited applied for ORR’s approval to levy a mark-up in order to obtain recovery of costs incurred in the operation of the Heathrow Rail Infrastructure.


Consultation on ORR's approach to track access and the future operation of High Speed 2 (HS2)
Closing date: 20 Oct 2017
The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on how ORR proposed to take into account the future operation of HS2 when making decisions about access to the existing network.


New General Approval and guidance for freight facility access contracts
Closing date: 24 Sep 2017
The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on a proposed new General Approval for freight facility access, to replace the Freight Facility (Ports and Terminals) General Approval 2011 and a new guidance module for facility access.


New General Approval for freight track access contracts
Closing date: 11 Nov 2016
The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on a proposed new General Approval for freight track access contracts, to replace the Freight Access (Track Access Contracts) General Approval 2012.


Review of the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and General Approval (Depots) 2013
Closing date: 14 Oct 2016
This consultation is now closed. The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on some proposed changes to the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and the General Approval (Depots) 2013, as well as some proposed changes to our model station and depot access agreements.


Guidance on The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016
Closing date: 13 Sep 2016
This was a consultation on proposed new guidance that replaces the Appeals to ORR under the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 guidance published in 2006.


Charging framework for the Heathrow Spur
Closing date: 10 Mar 2016
The purpose of this consultation was to seek stakeholders' views on the proposed charging framework for the 8.6km of railway infrastructure which Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) owns and operates and which links Heathrow Airport to the Great Western Main Line (the Heathrow Spur).


Draft guidance on complaints handling procedures for licence holders
Closing date: 29 Jul 2015
Train and station licence holders are required, by their operating licence, to have approved complaints handling procedures and to comply with them.


Connection contracts: amending our general approval to include novations
Closing date: 28 Nov 2014
Consultation on extending the general approval to include the novation of connection contracts based on ORR's template.


Modification to the National Station Access Conditions 2013 (England & Wales) and National Station Access Conditions 2013 (Scotland)
Closing date: 4 Jul 2014
This is a formal consultation under Condition B6 of the National Station Access Conditions 2013 ("NSACs") to modify those Access Conditions. The consultation seeks your views on a proposed modification to the NSACs 2013 (England & Wales) and NSACs 2013 (Scotland) to rectify a cross-referencing error that resulted from the PR13 review notice for stations.


Consultation on connection contracts
Closing date: 31 Jan 2014
This consultation invites views on how our model connection contract and corresponding general approval should be updated.


Review of the general approval (stations) 2010 and general approval (depots) 2010
Closing date: 23 Apr 2013
A consultation on the general approval (stations) and general approval (depots) 2010 .


Proposals to formalise the Rail Delivery Group
Closing date: 14 Sep 2012
A consultation on proposals to formalise the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).


A greater role for ORR regulating passenger franchisees in England and Wales
Closing date: 2 Mar 2012
This consultation sought views on the potential for an expanded role for ORR in respect of new passenger rail franchises in England and Wales.


Consolidation and revision of freight general approvals
Closing date: 23 Aug 2011
A consultation on consolidation and revision of freight general approvals.


Proposed changes to the station access conditions and to the independent station access conditions
Closing date: 8 Jun 2011
A consultation on proposed changes to the station access conditions and to the independent station access conditions.