Consultation on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail

Date published: 27 July 2017
Closing date: 21 September 2017

We are consulting on how we propose to regulate Network Rail in CP6. We will be:

  • putting an increasing focus on regulating each of Network Rail's route businesses;
  • encouraging closer working between Network Rail and operators;
  • making greater use of comparison between routes to incentivise delivery; and
  • strengthening our regulation of Network Rail's System Operator function.

This approach should facilitate Network Rail to become more efficient and responsive to the needs of its customers, strengthen its accountability, and contribute to better outcomes for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers.

This consultation comprises three documents:

  • a main document consulting on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail; and

Two subsidiary documents on:

  • route requirements and scorecards; and
  • possible measures of the System Operator's performance

We would welcome your views on these documents by 21 September 2017. For each document, we have provided pro-formas, should you wish to use these when responding.

Consultation on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail

This document sets out how we will regulate Network Rail in CP6. Topics covered by the consultation include the role of scorecards; the role of customers and ORR in holding Network Rail to account; and how ORR and Network Rail will manage change in CP6. The design framework summarises the policy positions outlined in the main consultation document, and indicates the current status of those policies.

Consultation on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail

Draft design for PR18 overall framework

Pro-forma for responding to the consultation on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail

Draft impact assessment for CP6 outputs framework and scorecards

Consultation on route requirements and scorecards

This document focuses on the requirements we expect to make in relation to Network Rail's geographic routes, and the freight and national passenger operator route. In particular, it looks in more detail at what measures and targets we may wish to include on the scorecards for these routes for CP6. The annex to this document comprises draft impact assessments covering areas where our policy represents a material change to PR13.

Consultation on route requirements and scorecards

Annex: route requirements and scorecards: draft impact assessments

Pro-forma for responding to our consultation on route requirements and scorecards

Consultation on possible measures of the System Operator's performance

This document sets out a range of measures that could be used to assess the performance of the System Operator and hold it to account against. This consultation should support stakeholders in their current engagement with the System Operator on the contents of its scorecard. In addition to the main consultation document, there is also an annex containing the full list of measures in a spreadsheet format.

Consultation on possible measures of the System Operator's performance

Annex: Spreadsheet of possible measures of the System Operator's performance

Pro-forma for responding to our consultation on possible measures of the System Operator's performance

How to respond

We would welcome your views on these consultations by 21 September 2017. Please send your response to pr18@orr.gsi.gov.uk. Each document has a separate pro-forma which you may wish to use when submitting your responses.

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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