Track access forms, model contracts and general approvals

This page contains the standard application forms and model contracts to be used when applying for access to Network Rail's infrastructure or to connect to its network.

Please use these application forms for all new access contracts, for amendments to existing access contracts and for new connection contracts. We have powers under the Railways Act 1993 to grant general approvals and those relevant to track access and connection contracts are also listed here.

More information on the application process is contained on our other access webpages.

Passenger services

The relevant application form, model contracts and general approvals for passenger services.

Application form

Model contracts

General approvals

Freight services

Application form

Model contract

General approvals

  • General Approval for freight track access contracts 2016 pdf icon PDF, 669 Kb which:
    • enables Network Rail and a freight operator to enter into a track access contract for up to 5 years and permits contingent and some firm access rights;
    • permits Network Rail and the freight operator to amend their track access contract without our specific approval, subject to certain conditions. Any other amendments will require our specific approval under section 22 or directions under section 22A of the Act;
    • enables Network Rail and freight end-customers to enter into a track access contract for up to 5 years and permits contingent and some firm access rights;
    • allows Network Rail and a freight operator (nominated by a freight end-customer) to enter into an end-customer-specific freight track access contract; and
    • enables a freight operator and Network Rail to make certain changes to their existing track access contract relating to liability; necessary where the freight operator has a customer-specific track access contract.
  • The Freight Facility (Ports and Terminals) General Approval 2011 pdf icon PDF, 180 Kb
    It enables port and terminal facility owners and their access beneficiaries to enter into access contracts at those facilities without our specific approval, under certain circumstances. Potential applicants should read the associated covering letter pdf icon PDF, 179 Kb.

Appeals

Application form

Connection contracts

The relevant application form, model contracts and general approval for connection contracts.

Application form

Model contracts

General approval