Track access

We make sure the passenger and freight train operating companies have fair access to the rail network – and that best use is made of capacity.

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

Guidance

This guidance sets out our approach to regulating track access.

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Track access applications, decisions, appeals and agreements

This section explains how to apply for track access, and contains links to our current applications and decisions.

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The Network Code

The rules behind the contractual relationship between train operating companies and freight operating companies to run their trains on Network Rail infrastructure.

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Track access factsheet

If a railway operator wants to run trains on the rail network, it must seek our approval for a track access agreement with Network Rail.

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