Working paper 6: The volume incentive

This paper sets out our emerging views around the effectiveness of the volume incentive, and its role going forward in light of wider changes.

The volume incentive is designed to encourage Network Rail to make additional capacity available in response to unexpected demand from operators to use the network. Working paper 6 sets out our emerging views around the effectiveness of the volume incentive, and its role going forward in light of wider changes that have taken place in recent years in terms of Network Rail's structure, funding and regulation.

We are interested in whether stakeholders believe the volume incentive has made a significant contribution to the overall incentives Network Rail faces to grow traffic on the network and whether there is a continued role for the mechanism in CP6.