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  • Operational Rules

    The Engineering Access Statement and the Timetable Planning Rules are collectively referred to as the Operational Rules.

  • Engineering Access Statement

    The Engineering Access Statement (EAS) describes the rules regulating the arrangements for engineering access to the rail network.

    It sets out the location, number, dating and duration of possession access (restrictions of use) which we require to deliver inspection, maintenance, renewal and enhance work activities to the infrastructure.

    Along with Timetable Planning Rules (see below), when consulted by Network Rail with the relevant users of the railway provide rights of access that, with track access agreements of train operators, are described as ‘firm rights’ and enjoy priority in the timetabling process.

    Sections 1 to 3 of the EAS set out the national process for the negotiating and securing engineering access to the rail network.

    Sections 4 to 7, the bulk of the EAS document, contain route-specific details of our engineering access opportunities and requirements.

    Timetable Planning Rules

    The Timetable Planning Rules (TPR) are rules regulating the standard timings between stations and junctions together with other matters enabling trains to be scheduled into the working timetable for the various parts of the main rail network.

    They are one of a pair of documents along with Engineering Access Statement (see above), when consulted by Network Rail with the relevant users of the railway provide rights of access that, with track access agreements of train operators, are described as ‘firm rights’ and enjoy priority in the timetabling process.

    TPR contains two parts: a National Overview and route-specific sections, containing wide-ranging information required to undertake the compilation of the timetable.

    The National TPR contains a plain English description of the timetable planning process together with details of the planning schedule and requirements to be met in train operators’ bids for train paths. It also contains a procedure for the agreement of short term changes to EAS and TPR.

    The route-specific sections contain such data as standard timing points, sectional running times for specific train types, headway and margin limits to be maintained between trains, station working rules and route capability data.

    Timetable Planning Rules - production and publication process 

    View the Operational Rules

    Operational Rules (94 MB - extract the files and open roprhome.pdf)
    Compendium of signal box opening times (380 KB)