PR18 consultation on amending Schedule 4 notification factors

Date published: 18 December 2017
Closing date: 12 February 2018

This consultation set out the options we are considering for revising notification factors for franchised passenger operators. Notification factors (set out in Schedule 4 of franchised passenger track access contracts) reduce the rate of compensation paid by Network Rail when it gives early notice of a possession.

In our December 2016 consultation on changes to charges and contractual incentives, we proposed to prioritise specific areas within Schedule 4 for improvement. One key aspect of this related to the incentives created by notification factors. This followed concerns from stakeholders about how notification factors functioned.

In response, we commissioned consultants AECOM to conduct research into passengers’ awareness of disruption. We then used this research to develop a proposed methodology for updating the notification factors.

Updating the notification factors based on this evidence should improve Network Rail’s incentives to plan possessions in accordance with passengers’ needs.

We welcomed responses from all interested parties to this consultation, including on the likely impacts of the two options for reform of the notification factors.

Consultation documents

PR18 consultation on amending Schedule 4 notification factors pdf icon PDF, 443 Kb
PR18: Schedule 4 - Draft impact assessment on amending notification factors pdf icon PDF, 167 Kb
Calculations of notification factors xlsx icon XLSX, 31 Kb
Published 18 December 2017

Associated document

In addition to the above consultation, we commissioned AECOM to undertake research into passenger awareness of planned disruption.

Research into passenger awareness of planned disruption, report by AECOM pdf icon PDF, 1,936 Kb
Published 18 December 2017