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CP6 access charges

The access charges for Control Period 6 (CP6) apply until 31 March 2024

These price lists are consistent with the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Final Determination, and are referenced in track and station access contracts.

We publish annual updates to the price lists to reflect the effect of inflation. Price lists uplifted for CPI will be published on this page in March each year.


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Price Lists updated to reflect inflation

ORR expressed its Final Determination in 2017/18 prices, so we have had to update them to reflect inflation since then. These apply from 1 April each year.

CP6 access charges

ORR’s determination was expressed in 2017/18 prices. This is shown below:

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Charges payable by beneficiaries of managed stations
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Payable by franchised passenger operators only
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This includes: – Variable usage charge rates payable by passenger, freight and charter operators – Electrification asset usage charge payable by passenger, freight and charter operators – Freight-specific charge payable by freight operators carrying coal ESI, biomass, iron ore and spent nuclear fuel – Slot charge payable by charter operators
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Payable by open access operators only
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Used to calculate metered electricity charges
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Traction electricity consumption rates used in the calculation of the traction electricity charge payable by passenger operators, freight operators and charter operators

Supplements to CP6 price lists

Supporting documents

Heathrow Spur Traction Electricity Price modelled consumption rates

HAL is the owner of the Heathrow Spur which is adjacent to and connects with Network Rail’s Network. Trains operating on the Heathrow Spur draw traction electricity from the Heathrow Spur overhead line electricity (OHLE) system. The electrical power for the Heathrow Spur OHLE system is provided by a feeder station owned by Network Rail, which also provides electrical power to Network Rail’s Network. 

The parties’ objective is that the methodology for the calculation and payment of charges for traction electricity consumption on the Heathrow Spur is consistent with the methodology for the calculation and payment of charges for traction electricity consumption on Network Rail’s Network.

HAL and Network Rail have therefore agreed that charges for traction electricity consumption on the Heathrow Spur shall be administered by Network Rail and shall be calculated and paid substantially in accordance with the Industry Framework that applies on Network Rail’s Network.

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VUC guidance

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This document provides a guide to using the CP6 VUC calculator to calculate new CP6 VUC rates
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For calculating new CP6 VUC rates, which should be submitted to ORR in 2017/18 prices
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For calculating new VUC rates in current prices
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For testing the effect of different parameters on VUC – not to be used for submissions for new VUC rates
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For testing the effect of different parameters on VUC – not to be used for submissions for new VUC rates
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Letter template for use by train operators and Network Rail when requesting a new VUC rate from ORR
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A pro forma which should be completed by the train operator and provided to Network Rail so that a new passenger VUC rate can be calculated
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A pro forma which should be completed by the train operator and provided to Network Rail so that a new freight VUC rate can be calculated
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The guide sets out how operators should calculate Tgamma values, if they wish to do so
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This guide sets how Ride Force Count values should be calculated, using the software below, for freight VUC rates

Qualifying Expenditure charges at Managed Stations

At our Managed Stations, Network Rail charges Passenger Operators a proportion of its costs for operating the station. These are the day-to-day activities and services provided at the station such as staffing, cleaning, security, business expenses, heating, and lighting.

This charge is known as Qualifying Expenditure or QX. QX charges are agreed with Operators at the beginning of each Control Period and then adjusted annually on the 1 April each year for the next 5 years to reflect inflation. The charges are split between the Passenger Operators who use the station according to the number of trains they run. 

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