Current track access applications

This section contains the latest documents relating to track access applications we are currently considering. This may include application forms, draft agreements, any related documents and responses we make public. We include track access applications on:

  • new contracts (sections 17 and 18)
  • amendments to contracts (sections 22 and 22A)
  • we also include notifications under the Economic Equilibrium Test

For older applications please see the archive. Once we've made a decision, these documents will be removed from this section and relevant documents will be published in the track access decisions section.

Network Rail is responsible for consulting on most proposed new contracts and amendments. Accordingly, please check Network Rail's consultation web pages as well as our own when looking for details of current consultations.

New contracts (section 17 and 18)

All current applications we are considering for new disputed contracts (section 17) and new agreed contracts (section 18).

TOC / FOC and RouteSection Date consultation closes Links to documents
Virgin Trains Limited
(West Coast Main Line) 
17to be undertaken by Network RailDraft Contract    
Application Form
Grand Union Trains Limited (London – Stirling)
(West Coast Main Line) 
17Closes 16 December 2019Draft Contract    
Application Form
First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited
(West Coast Main Line) 
17to be undertaken by Network RailDraft Contract    
Application Form
Grand Union Trains Limited (London – Wales)17Closed 29 September 2019Draft Contract    
Application Form
Consultation Responses 
First Greater Western Limited 17  Closes 9 August 2019 Draft Contract
Application form
Network Rail's representation letter 
First Greater Western's representations for its s17 application  
East Midlands Trains Limited 17 Closed. Undertaken by Network Rail Draft Contract
Application form
Consultation responses
East Midlands Trains representations in response to NR 
Network Rail response to Arriva Rail North 
Network Rail letter to ORR 7 June 2019 

Amendments to contracts (section 22 and 22A)

All current applications we are considering for agreed amendments to contracts (section 22) and disputed amendments to contracts (section 22A).

TOC / FOC and RouteSectionName Date consultation closes Links to documents
Grand Central (North West) Limited
(West Coast Main Line) 
22A1st SAto be undertaken by Network RailDraft Contract    
Application Form
West Midlands Trains Limited
(West Coast Main Line) 
22A4th SAto be undertaken by Network RailDraft Contract    
Application Form
Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd22A8thClosed – undertaken by Network RailApplication form F
Rights table 
West Midlands Trains Limited22A1stClosed – undertaken by Network RailApplication form
Draft agreement
First Greater Western Limited 22A 39th  To be undertaken by Network Rail

Application form
Draft agreement 
Network Rail’s representations on the application 

First Greater Western's representations for  its s22A application

Notifications under the Economic Equilibrium Test

All current notifications of proposed open access applications that may be subject to the Economic Equilibrium Test.

Date notifiedTOCRoute Date consultation closes Links to documents
15 November 2019GO-OP Co-operative LimitedBranch line: 1)Taunton – Bishops Lydeard – Williton – Watchet, this will be extended
with Taunton - Castle Cary or Taunton – Castle Cary – Frome. 2) Castle Cary – Yeovil Pen Mill – Yeovil Junction, this may be extended.
 Notification form
15 November 2019GO-OP Co-operative LimitedMainline: Taunton – Castle Cary – Bruton* - Frome* - Westbury – Trowbridge – Melksham –
Chippenham – Swindon, may be extended.
 Notification form
23 August 2019Grand Union TrainsLondon Euston- StirlingClosed 23 September 2019

Notification form

EE Test requests received

10 July 2019 Grand Union Trains London Paddington – Cardiff & Swansea Closed 10 August 2019 Notification form

EE Test
requests
received
12 June 2019 GO-OP Co-operative Limited Cheltenham/Newport – Gillingham/Exeter St Davids/Dorchester West 11 July 2019
Proposal withdrawn 20 September 2019 
Notification form

EE Test requests received 
11 June 2019Keolis Amey Operations (TfW Rail Services)Bristol servicesProposal withdrawn 21 June 2019Notification form 
11 June 2019Keolis Amey Operations (TfW Rail Services)Coventry servicesProposal withdrawn 21 June 2019Notification form 
10 June 2019 Virgin Trains Ltd London Euston - Liverpool Lime Street Closed 10 July 2019 Notification form

EE Test requests received
27 March 2019 Grand Union Trains London Paddington - Cardiff Central Closed 27 April 2019

Proposal withdrawn 10 July 2019        
Notification form

EE Test requests received