Access & licensing publications
A list of our reports is available in date order below.
Details proposals to grant licences or licence exemptions on which we are consulting.
8 Jan 2020
This section contains the most recent track access decisions we have made.
18 Dec 2019
We need to make changes to some licence conditions because the domestic exemption for Regulation 1371/2007/EC on rail passengers’ rights and obligations expires on 3 December 2019 and the Department for Transport has decided not to renew it.
5 Dec 2019
We have asked for views on our revised guidance on access to rail service facilities (stations, light maintenance depots, freight terminals and other sites). Consultation outcome published.
3 Oct 2019
This guidance sets out our approach to regulating track access.
27 Sep 2019
This guidance is for operators and prospective operators of trains, stations, networks and light maintenance depots (LMDs).
1 Aug 2019
In connection with our 2018 periodic review of Network Rail’s outputs and funding, we have proposed changes to licence conditions relating to membership of the Rail Safety and Standards Board (“RSSB”) and safety and standards. We have also proposed to rename the term Disabled People’s Protection Policy found in licence conditions to Accessible Travel Policy.
29 Jul 2019
Consultation to change ORR’s model connection contract. We have now published our conclusions.
14 Mar 2019
Crossrail regulatory statement PDF, 7,956 Kb
A regulatory statement setting out the approach we will take to considering track access contracts between the infrastructure manager of the Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS) and train operators, in accordance with the Railways Act 1993.
25 Jul 2018
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for depot access agreements.
29 Aug 2017
Our criteria and procedures for processing applications for station access agreements.
29 Aug 2017
1 This document sets out our final conclusions following our consultation on reviewing the General Approval (Stations) 2013 and General Approval (Depots) 2013 (the General Approvals), and on the changes we proposed to our template agreements.
27 Jan 2017
This guidance sets out ORR’s interpretation of The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016. It explains the key provisions of the 2016 Regulations, including the rights and responsibilities of infrastructure managers, service facility operators, and railway undertakings. It also explains how applicants can appeal to ORR, and the process that ORR will follow in considering an appeal.
21 Dec 2016
This guidance supports the passenger information licence condition (condition 4) in passenger, station and network operator licences by giving more information about what is expected and how it will be enforced.
29 Jun 2016
This document sets out our decision in relation to Heathrow Airport Limited’s ability to levy a charge to recover the historical costs of constructing the Heathrow Spur itself, and establishes a charging framework for the Spur.
27 May 2016
We commissioned LeighFisher to undertake a study to investigate historical evidence around the impacts of open access entry and expansion, to improve our understanding of the likely impacts on revenue generation and revenue abstraction.
7 Jan 2016
Details of station access applications on which we are consulting and the resulting decisions.
1 Jan 2015
Regulatory statement about the characterisation of the Crossrail Supplementary Access Charge under the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005
28 Feb 2014
Starting mainline rail operations PDF, 455 Kb
Guide aimed at people or organisations that are new to the issues surrounding rail regulation and want to know what steps a prospective train operator will have to take before it starts running services.
23 Jul 2013
Conclusions on proposals for reforming Schedule 51 of model track access contracts2 (“TACs”),
11 May 2012
Alliancing: ORR policy statement PDF, 81 Kb
Policy statement on alliancing.
6 Mar 2012
Details of depot access applications on which we are consulting and the resulting decisions.
1 Jan 2012
Final conclusions on the Review of Part J (changes to access rights) of the Network Code, and the associated Proposal for Change (PfC) to the Network Code.
23 Dec 2011
East Coast Main Line lessons learnt report PDF, 874 Kb
Findings and recommendations from the lessons learned review into the process that led up to the issue of directions and approvals for the various East Coast Main Line (ECML) passenger track access applications on 11 February 2010.
20 Aug 2010
Guidance on how we intend to assess new international rail passenger services.
9 Jun 2009
Crossrail regulatory statement PDF, 3,206 Kb
Regulatory statement in respect of the Crossrail Central section
13 Nov 2008
Outline of how applications proposing amendment of the Delay Attribution Guide should be submitted to both the Delay Attribution Board (DAB) and the ORR for approval.
18 Jul 2008
Track access options policy PDF, 423 Kb
This policy relates only to the arrangements for granting track access options (TAOs) between train operators and the facility owner, which in the majority of cases, but not all, will be Network Rail.
17 Jan 2008
Environmental policy guidance PDF, 39 Kb
Guidance on environmental arrangements for licence holders.
13 Dec 2007
Closure references procedures PDF, 87 Kb
Explanation of how we intend to carry out the ratification role which has been given to us under the network modification provisions of the Railways Act 2005 (“the Act”), and the procedures we intend to follow.
1 Dec 2006