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.

Criteria & procedures

Information on the criteria and procedures we follow in processing applications for track access contracts.

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Track access process

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

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Current work

Read information about our current work including industry reform, the West coast mainline and East coast mainline.

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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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Our current policies relating to track access and related issues.

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