Guidance on Network Rail’s strategic business plans

Network Rail’s strategic business plans

As part of the 2018 periodic review (PR18), Network Rail will produce strategic business plans (SBPs) which will form the main source of evidence that we will use to determine Network Rail’s funding and outputs for CP6.

The SBPs will set out Network Rail’s  plans for operating, maintaining and renewing the network, and how it intends to improve its capability and efficiency. These plans will affect what the railway can deliver – and so have a significant impact on the service that train operators can offer to passengers and freight customers – and the future condition of the network.

Conclusions and our guidance to Network Rail

Following careful review of the consultation responses, in February 2017 we published our guidance to Network Rail along with the conclusions on our consultation on the draft.

Published 23 February 2017


ORR consultation on Network Rail's strategic business plans: conclusions
Published 23 February 2017

Supplementary guidance: Letter to Network Rail on planning assumptions

In our conclusions, we said that we would consider whether it was necessary to update our guidance following submission of the high-level output specifications by the Secretary of State and Scottish Ministers. On 25 July 2017, we provided supplementary guidance to Network Rail in the form of planning assumptions for England & Wales. This is set out below.

ORR letter to Network Rail on planning assumptions
Published 25 July 2017

Consultation on draft SBP guidance

Date published: 23 November 2016
Closing date: 11 January 2017

In November 2016, we consulted on our draft guidance to Network Rail on its SBPs for CP6. The guidance included, among other things, our expectations for how Network Rail’s route businesses should engage with customers and other stakeholders.

Draft guidance on Network Rail’s strategic business plans

Responses to our consultation

We received 35 responses to our consultation on our draft SBP guidance from a wide range of stakeholders. We are grateful to all those who responded.

Responses to ORR consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail's strategic business plans