Permissions, approvals & decisions
We license railway operators and approve access agreements in order to promote a safe and fair railway industry.
You can access all our application forms, related guidance and decisions from this page.
If you are a prospective new entrant to the rail industry, we have produced guidance which summarises our regulatory requirements called starting mainline rail operations: a guide to the regulatory framework . PDF, 455 Kb
Health and safety
We grant health and safety permissions and approvals to railway operators. There is detailed guidance on how to apply.
See the following web pages for more information on each of the main areas where a legal approval may be needed from us.
- Entities in charge of maintenance certification
- Interoperability authorisation
- Level crossings
- Private Acts and Orders consents and approvals
- Rail vehicle accessibility
- Railway safety regulations exemptions (Mark 1 rolling stock and hinged doors)
- Safety certificates, authorisations and exemptions
- Train driver licences and certificates
Health and safety certificates issued
The safety certificates listed below relate to ROGS (The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006).
- Mainline safety certificates and authorisations issued
- Non-mainline safety certificates and authorisations issued
- Entities of charge of maintenance certificates issued
Health and safety enforcement notices and prosecutions
Details of our legal notices, which include improvement and prohibition notices, and prosecutions.
Transport and Works Act Orders
If you need to consult us on a draft Transport and Works Act Order please contact us via our customer correspondence team in the first instance.
Licensing is one of our core statutory functions. If you want to operate a train, station, network or light maintenance depot you will need to be covered by a licence or licence exemption.
Through licensing we promote effective and efficient working relationships between industry parties and safeguard the public interest.
If you are a railway operator, there is a range of regulatory requirements.
If you want to run trains on the national network, you will need to agree an access contract with Network Rail which is then subject to approval by us. We also publish a list of our track access forms, guidance and decisions.
Station and depot access
There is a fixed process for applying for access to stations and depots. We approve all access agreements between facility owners and railway operators. We also publish a list of our station and depot decisions.
High Speed 1 access
Network Rail regulation
Conclusions published after a consultation
Some of our closed consultations include our decisions or conclusions.