Rail access agreements are contracts between an infrastructure manager and the beneficiary (usually a rail operator). The railway operator has the right to use the railway infrastructure with its own rolling stock for passenger and/or freight services. In return, it must pay an access fee to the infrastructure manager. The right to use rail infrastructure is often defined in a schedule (for example. B called “work schedule” or “planned furrows”). We do not approve of these consolidated agreements, they are provided by Network Rail for reference purposes, only to provide an overview of the current contractual terms. Below are examples of rail access and transport agreements from different regions: A full list of the consolidated agreements we have with our existing customers is available on the ORR website. A consolidated (or compliant) agreement is a document containing all approved amendments to the existing approved agreement. Redacted compliant copy from June 30, 2020 until the 135th Track Access Agreements generally includes the content of the right of access, services provided by the infrastructure manager and access obligations of both parties. They also contain provisions relating to access rates, civil liability, compensation, insurance requirements and dispute resolution.
The content of runway access agreements depends heavily on the underlying track access regulations: transport agreements are used for a large number of contracts. As a general rule, a transportation contract defines the conditions under which the infrastructure manager (or senior manager) undertakes to transport cars and/or freight by third parties. If the joint use of the railway is contemplated as part of a rail ppp project, a transportation scheme may be preferable to an access regime if the owner or principal operator of the tracks wishes to retain control over train operations and the maintenance of rolling stock. Our Sale of Access Rights (SoAR) panel provides control to the entire network to negotiate and arrange the sale of access to train operators. The main task of the SoAR panel is to ensure that we apply, if necessary, a consistent approach across the network and that we use capacity optimally at an acceptable level of performance.