Invitation to comment on Network Rail’s strategic business plans for CP6

Date published: 13 February 2018
Closing date: 6 March 2018

Network Rail has now submitted its strategic business plans (SBPs) for CP6 (which we expect to run from 2019 to 2024). These are available on its website.

The SBPs are the key input into the 2018 periodic review (PR18), which will lead to our draft determination (in June 2018) and our final determination (in October 2018). The SBPs includes separate strategic plans produced by each of Network Rail’s devolved routes, its System Operator (the SO) and central functions.

We are inviting views on the strategic plans in the SBP submission. We are principally interested in any high-level and material issues that you consider are relevant and material to our determination. For example, you may have views on:

  • whether the efficiency proposals in the plans are realistic, or whether the overall volume of maintenance and renewals is deliverable in practice; and
  • whether the priorities of stakeholders and end-users have been appropriately taken into account (eg given the funding constraints, have the right trade-offs been made?).

Please note that we are not expecting comments on issues of detail. We are also not seeking views on particular enhancement projects, as these decisions are not within the scope of PR18.

How to respond

We welcome comments by close on 6 March 2018. We recognise that this is a relatively short period in which to respond. However, if comments are to inform our SBP assessment, we will need your feedback by this point and we are only seeking high-level points. Please send these to

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