Access and licensing policy consultations

Our access and licensing policy consultations and conclusions.

Consultation on application for consent to obtain recovery of costs incurred in operation of the Heathrow rail infrastructure
Last updated: 21 May 2018
Heathrow Airport Limited has 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)
Last updated: 10 Apr 2018
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.


New General Approval and guidance for freight facility access contracts
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018
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.


Review of the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and General Approval (Depots) 2013
Last updated: 27 Jan 2017
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
Last updated: 21 Dec 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.


New General Approval for freight track access contracts
Last updated: 6 Dec 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.


Charging framework for the Heathrow Spur
Last updated: 27 May 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Draft guidance on complaints handling procedures for licence holders
Last updated: 30 Sep 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
Last updated: 15 Dec 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)
Last updated: 21 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
Last updated: 17 Apr 2014
This consultation invites views on how our model connection contract and corresponding general approval should be updated.


Changes to the station access conditions and independent station access conditions
Last updated: 11 Nov 2013
A consultation on our emerging conclusions on proposed changes to the station access conditions (SACs) and independent station access conditions (ISACs).


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


Proposals to formalise the Rail Delivery Group
Last updated: 16 Oct 2012
A consultation on proposals to formalise the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).


Reform of access contractual arrangements - seeking your views
Last updated: 18 Apr 2012
A consultation on proposals for a review of access contractual arrangements across the board.


A greater role for ORR regulating passenger franchisees in England and Wales
Last updated: 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
Last updated: 9 Feb 2012
A consultation on consolidation and revision of freight general approvals.


Proposed changes to the station access conditions and to the independent station access conditions
Last updated: 12 Oct 2011
A consultation on proposed changes to the station access conditions and to the independent station access conditions.


Freight customer general approval
Last updated: 22 Feb 2011
A consultation on a general approval (removing the need for specific ORR approval) for freight customers.