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2003-12-03 ORR-001
Office of the Rail Regulator


Rail Regulator publishes draft track access contract for freight operators

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Office of the Rail Regulator

Rail Regulator publishes draft track access contract for freight operators

related documents

ORR model freight track access contract: draft conclusions (full document)

ORR criteria and procedures for the approval of freight track access contracts: second edition a consultation document (full document)


3 December 2003
source Office of the Rail Regulator
type Press release

note ORR/21/03

The Rail Regulator, Tom Winsor, today published for consultation the draft of a model track access contract to cover the relationship between freight train operators and Network Rail. The contract is published alongside a draft of the Regulator s proposed revised criteria and procedures for the scrutiny and approval of track access applications from freight operators. A draft conclusions document explains the rationale for key provisions in the draft model contract and draft criteria and procedures document.

Tom Winsor said: "The documents I am publishing today draw heavily on the high quality responses from the industry that we received to our earlier consultation and build on the considerable industry involvement in developing the passenger model contract documents published in June 2003. I am grateful, especially to the freight operators, for their hard work and the help that they have given us and I look forward to their comments on these latest documents.

"A key message from the industry so far has been that the model contract and our criteria for considering track access applications should recognise the differences between freight and passenger operators and also the differences between types of freight traffic. I agree. Our starting point is that freight operators are different from passenger operators, but that they are not and never will be second-class citizens on the network. Their track access applications will be treated with the same consideration as those of passenger train operators and it is just as important that they have high quality contracts with Network Rail.

"Indeed, the freight model contract will be vital in establishing a real joint venture in the provision of rail freight services: a partnership of equals between the infrastructure provider and the infrastructure user. Such a partnership is vital if the railway is to retain and attract freight customers, to compete with road transport and to achieve the growth that we would all like to see. Several major rail freight customers responded to the earlier consultation and I would encourage them and others to respond again to this one.

"I believe that the model contract and the criteria and procedures document, when published in their final form, will establish stronger, simpler and more streamlined contracts and transparent procedures for getting them approved or directed. That will benefit Network Rail, existing and prospective freight operators and their customers."

The consultation period ends on Friday, 16 January 2004.

Notes for editors:

1. Track access contracts establish the relationship between Network Rail and train operators for the operation of trains on the national rail network, including the obligations on the parties, what happens when things go wrong and dispute resolution. The Regulator consulted the industry on 31 July 2003 on the policy issues relevant to a freight model contract.

2. This built on the model passenger track access contract and the criteria and procedures document both published on 25 June 2003.

3. The following three documents, published today, follow up on the consultation launched in July: Model freight track access contract: draft conclusions;Draft freight model track access contract; Criteria and procedures for the approval of freight track access contracts: second edition: a consultation document.

4. These documents are available on the ORR web-site via the links given in brackets, and from the ORR Librarian, Sue MacSwan, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2TQ, tel: 020 7282 2001, fax: 020 7282 2045, e-mail:

Press enquiries ORR Press Office: 020 7282 2002/2007

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