Depot access

The railway network has a large number of privately owned facilities that are accessible by rail. 

We regulate access to around 100 light maintenance depots in Great Britain which provide services to passenger and other trains.

We regulate access to light maintenance depots by approving depot access agreements in accordance with the terms of the Railways Act 1993. Please visit our statutory functions and duties to find out the law through which we regulate depot access.

The operator of a depot is known as a depot facility owner. Other train operators, or third parties procuring depot services on behalf of a train operator (known as beneficiaries), who want to use the depot must enter into an access agreement with the depot facility owner. If the agreements are not approved by us, they are invalid.

This diagram explains the relationships which exist within the contractual regime. 

Diagram showing relationships which exist within the contractual regime.

Contact us

Members of the team are happy to discuss any station or depot access queries. 

The team can be contacted in the following ways.

Stations & Depots and Network Code Team
Office of Rail and Road
One Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

Email: stations.depots@orr.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: 020 7282 2043