Below are examples of track access and transport contracts from different regions: We do not endorse these consolidated agreements, they are provided by Network Rail for reference purposes only to give an overview of the current contractual conditions. The content of track access agreements is highly dependent on the underlying track access regulatory regime: the SoAR panel must approve all our access rights sales before an industry consultation takes place and the agreed track access contract is submitted to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for approval. It must also approve our response to the ORR with respect to the disputed requests. In some cases, derogations apply which remove the requirement of a specific authorisation for agreed and contested sales. A consolidated (or compliant) agreement is a document that contains all approved changes to the existing approved agreement. Contracts of carriage are used for a variety of contractual relationships. In general, a contract of carriage defines the conditions under which the infrastructure manager (or main operator) undertakes to pull wagons and/or goods from third parties. Where track sharing is envisaged in a PPP rail project, a freight force system may be preferable to an access system if the owner or main track manager wishes to retain control over the operation of trains and the maintenance of rolling stock. A complete list of the consolidated agreements we have with our existing clients can be found on the ORR website. Our SoAR (Sale of Access Rights) panel provides network-wide control of the process of negotiating and agreeing on the sale of access to rail operators. The main task of the SoAR panel is to ensure that we apply a consistent approach across the network where appropriate and that we make optimal use of overall capacity and at an acceptable level of performance. Track access agreements are contracts between an infrastructure manager and the beneficiary (usually a railway manager).
The railway operator shall be granted the right to use the railway infrastructure with its own rolling stock for the carriage of passengers and/or goods. In return, it must pay an access charge to the infrastructure manager. The right to use railway infrastructure is often defined in a timetable (e.B. called “operating schedule” or “regular train separation lines”). Amended true copy from June 30, 2020 to June 135. Supplementary agreements Access agreements generally specify the content of the right of access, the services to be provided by the infrastructure manager and the access obligations of both parties. They also contain rules on access fees, liability, indemnification, insurance requirements and dispute resolution. A number of resources are available for customers who are expanding their rail operations business: See our Operator Information page and rail freight pages. Amended True Copy February 24, 2020 Rights Table You may find that some information is excluded from these consolidated versions. Indeed, pursuant to section 71(2) of the Railway Act, 1993, we may prevent the disclosure of information relating to the affairs of an unregistered person or company or entity if we are satisfied that the publication would or could seriously harm and could seriously harm the interests of that person or entity.