Full list of closed consultation documents and responses

In July 2013, we appointed Steer Davies Gleave to review our spreadsheets that calculate the charges for Control Period 5 (1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019), and the spreadsheets used to determine the Network Rail Schedule 8 benchmarks in CP5.

Steer Davies Gleave reviewed the spreadsheets for correctness of calculations and fitness for purpose. The final report is available at the link below.

Steer Davies Gleave final report – Review of income and Schedule 8 benchmark models (PDF, October 2013)

Capacity charge

The capacity charge allows us to recover additional costs beyond the Schedule 8 baseline due to the increased difficulty of recovering from incidents of lateness as the network becomes more crowded. Therefore, the charge helps neutralise the increased Schedule 8 risk to Network Rail of accommodating additional traffic.

This is a regulated charge which is approved and fixed by ORR at each periodic review for the forthcoming control period.

Capacity charge consultation (closed 9 September 2012)

Consultation on the capacity charge (July 2012)
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Preliminary conclusions (September 2012)
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Conclusions on the capacity charge and draft pricelists (April 2013)
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Capacity charge consultation responses

AECOM (September 2012)
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Alliance Rail Holdings (September 2012)
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Centro (September 2012)
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DB Schenker (September 2012)
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Direct Rail Services Limited (September 2012)
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Freightliner (September 2012)
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GB Railfreight (September 2012)
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John Haith (September 2012)
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PTEG (September 2012)
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Rail Freight Group (September 2012)
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The Public Transport Consortium (September 2012)
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Transport for London (September 2012)
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Transport Scotland (September 2012)
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Welsh Government (September 2012)
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Arup final report – Recalibrating the capacity charge for CP5 (May 2013)
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Arup summary of QA procedures (October 2013)
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FTI Consulting – Review of the econometric work underpinning the capacity charge (September 2013)
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On 25 September 2013 FTI consulting presented its findings of its review of the econometric work underpinning the capacity charge.

Coal charges

The coal spillage charge (CSC) and the coal spillage reduction investment charge (CSRIC) are freight-specific track access charges that were introduced as part of the 2008 Periodic Review (PR08). Both charges are levied as a mark-up on the variable usage charge on freight traffic carrying coal, and equate to approximately 10 per cent of total income to Network Rail from freight operators.

The coal spillage charge recovers the cost impact of coal spillage on the network, and the coal spillage reduction investment charge finances a fund that can be used to invest in equipment at coal terminals in order to reduce coal spillage on the network.

Coal spillage charge and the coal spillage reduction investment charge (closed 8 February 2013)

Coal spillage charge and the coal spillage reduction investment charge consultation (December 2012)
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Network Rail presentation slides for CSC and CSRIC consultation (January 2013)
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On 11 January 2013 we presented an overview of the variable usage charge consultation to stakeholders at the monthly variable track access charges developments meeting.
Arup review of coal spillage charge (April 2013)
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Following the publication of our consultation, ORR and Network Rail commissioned the independent reporter, Arup, to review the methodology and assumptions used to calculate our initial estimate of the cost impact of coal spillage on the network.
CSC and CSRIC – conclusions (April 2013)
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Coal spillage charge and coal spillage reduction investment charge options

CoalImp (February 2013)
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CoalPro (February 2013)
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DB Schenker (February 2013)
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Drax Power Limited (February 2013)
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Freightliner (February 2013)
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GB Railfreight (February 2013)
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Fixed track access charges

Fixed track access charges (FTAC) are payable by franchised passenger operators and recover our net revenue requirement. The net revenue requirement is the revenue required to run our business, after accounting for the income we expect to receive from charges, other single till income and the network grant.

Fixed track access charges consultation (closed 11 January 2013)

Fixed track access charges consultation (November 2012)
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Fixed track access charges conclusions and draft pricelists (March 2013)
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Fixed track access charges consultation responses

First Group (January 2013)
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Go-Ahead (January 2013)
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Northern Rail (December 2012)
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PTEG (January 2013)
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Transport for London (January 2013)
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Transport Scotland (January 2013)
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Freight specific charge

In May 2012 the Office for Rail and Road (ORR, then the Office of Rail Regulation) consulted on introducing a new freight-specific charge that would recover freight avoidable costs that are not currently recovered through existing track access charges.

In its January 2013 decision document, the ORR decided that it would introduce this new charge during Control Period 5 on certain rail freight market segments. It also stated that it would make a decision on whether to levy a freight specific charge on biomass, and consulted on its proposals to do so.

In its conclusion document the ORR requested that we consult on the phasing in of the freight specific charge during Control Period 5. We do this in this consultation. In addition, we discuss the following issues:

  • Putting a cap on average freight variable usage charge rates
  • Updating our freight avoidable cost estimate
  • Remedying the spent nuclear fuel charge rate error
  • Updating our freight-only line cost estimate
  • The interaction between the freight-only line charge and the freight specific charge

Freight specific charge and other issues consultation (closed 1 March 2013)

Consultation on the phasing in of the freight-specific charge and other issues
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Presentation slides for freight specific charge and other issues consultation (February 2013)
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On 14 February 2013 we presented an overview of the variable usage charge consultation to stakeholders at the monthly variable track access charges developments meeting.
Conclusions on the phasing in of the freight specific charge and other issues (April 2013)
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Freight specific charge and other issues consultation responses

ATH (March 2013)
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CoalImp (March 2013)
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CoalPro (March 2013)
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Direct Rail Services (March 2013)
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Fergusson Group (March 2013)
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Freight Transport Association (March 2013)
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Freightliner (March 2013)
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GB Railfreight (March 2013)
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London Overground (March 2013)
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Rail Freight Group (March 2013)
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Transport Scotland (March 2013)
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Freight specific charge reviews

LEK report – Estimating freight avoidable costs (October 2012)
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To inform the ORR's decision on the freight specific charge, we commissioned LEK Consulting (LEK) to estimate and allocate freight avoidable costs between freight market segments. Freight avoidable costs are defined as the long-run average annual cost saving that would result from removing commercial freight traffic from the network on a permanent basis.
LEK report summary – Estimating freight avoidable costs (October 2012)
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LEK updated report – Estimating freight avoidable costs (May 2013)
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Arup review of LEK report to estimate freight avoidable costs (November 2012)
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ORR and Network Rail appointed the independent reporter Arup to review key aspects of LEK’s estimate of freight avoidable costs.
Network Rail response – letter on LEK report on freight avoidable costs (June 2013)
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In May 2013, the Rail Freight Operators’ Association wrote to the ORR and Network Rail regarding LEK’s report on freight avoidable costs.

Schedules 4 and 8

Schedule 4 of the track access contracts between Network Rail and train operators sets out the arrangements for compensation paid to operators when Network Rail takes possession of the network.

The Schedule 8 performance regime is designed to compensate train operators for the financial impact of poor performance attributable to Network Rail and other train operators by ensuring the financial impact of performance on revenue and/or costs is incurred by the organisation the disruption is attributable to.

Schedule 8 benchmarks for CP5 consultation (closed 20 September 2013)

Schedule 8 benchmarks consultation letter (August 2013)
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For confidentiality reasons, we will not publish responses to this consultation.
Schedule 8 benchmarks conclusions letter (October 2013)
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Schedule 8 benchmark principles for CP5 consultation (closed 29 May 2013)

Schedule 8 benchmarks principles consultation letter (May 2013)
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Schedule 8 benchmarks principles conclusions letter (June 2013)
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Schedule 8 benchmark principles for CP5 consultation (closed 29 May 2013) – responses

ATOC response (June 2013)
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East Midlands Trains response (June 2013)
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First Group response (June 2013)
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Freightliner response (June 2013)
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GB Railfreight response (June 2013)
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Greater Anglia response (June 2013)
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Northern Rail response (June 2013)
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TfL and LOROL response (June 2013)
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Transport Scotland response (June 2013)
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Virgin Trains response (June 2013)
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Schedule 8 compensation payment rates in CP5 consultation (closed 11 June 2013)

Schedule 8 compensation payment rates consultation letter (May 2013)
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Schedule 8 compensation payment rates conclusions (June 2013)
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Schedule 8 compensation payment rates – responses

ATOC (June 2013)
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Chiltern (June 2013)
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DfT (June 2013)
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East Midlands Trains and South West Trains (June 2013)
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First Great Western (June 2013)
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GB Railfreight (June 2013)
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Go-Ahead (June 2013)
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Northern Rail and Greater Anglia (June 2013)
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TfL and LOROL (June 2013)
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Transport Scotland (June 2013)
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Compensation for cancelled Type 1 possessions consultation (closed 08 July 2013)

Network Rail consultation on compensation for cancelled Type 1 possessions (June 2013)
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Network Rail consultation on compensation for cancelled Type 1 possessions (September 2013)
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Station charges

The station long-term charge allows us to recover the efficient maintenance, renewal and repair costs associated with the stations we own.

This is a regulated charge which is approved and fixed by ORR at each periodic review for the forthcoming control period.

Station long term charge consultation (closed 16 November 2012)

Station long term charge consultation (September 2012)
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Station long term charge conclusion (January 2013)
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Cover note for draft price lists (April 2013)
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Overview of methodology (April 2013)
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LTC draft price list – franchised stations (April 2013)
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LTC draft price list – managed stations (April 2013)
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Station long term charge consultation responses

Alliance Rail Holdings (November 2012)
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ATOC (November 2012)
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East Coast Main Line Company (November 2012)
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First Capital Connect (November 2012)
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First Great Western (November 2012)
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First Group (November 2012)
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Go-Ahead (November 2012)
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Merseyrail (November 2012)
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Transport for London (November 2012)
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Transport Scotland (November 2012)
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Structure of charges for charter operators

Charter services are typically one-off, bespoke operations, rather than regular passenger services. Due to the bespoke nature of charges for charter operators, we did not propose revised charge rates in our other conclusions documents to ORR. Rather, we set out our proposed approach in this letter, ahead of ORR’s Draft Determination in June 2013.

Charter operators consultation (closed 9 July 2013)

Structure of charges for charter operators in CP5 – consultation (June 2013)
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Structure of charges for charter operators in CP5 – conclusions (August 2013)
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Network Rail's revised proposal for EC4T and confirmation of the proposed treatment of light locomotive movements in CP5 (October 2013)
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In our August 2013 conclusions document we stated that we would further consider EC4T charges and charging for light locomotive movements for charter operators. This document sets out our proposals in relation to these.
Network Rail response (September 2013)
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On 23 August 2013, the ORR published its draft conclusions document regarding the structure of charges for charter operators in CP5.

Charter operators consultation responses

DB Schenker (July 2013)
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Direct Rail Services (July 2013)
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First Great Western (July 2013)
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West Coast Railway (July 2013)
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Traction electricity

As part of the ORR’s October 2013 consultation on implementing the EC4T cost reconciliation, Network Rail issued a note which suggested changes to the legal drafting. This is available at www.rail-reg.gov.uk (the ORR’s website).

Traction electricity

EC4T cost reconciliation – clarification note (December 2013)
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In December 2013, Network Rail issued a clarification note which sets out some updated legal drafting.
Letter to charter operators – methodology for calculating traction electricity tariffs for charter operators in CP5 (January 2014)
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In January 2014, we wrote to charter operators setting out the proposed methodology to calculate a rate for their use of EC4T.

Traction electricity and electrification asset usage charges full consultation (closed 12 October 2012)

Around 50 per cent of traffic operated on the GB rail network is electrically powered. Traction electricity charges recover the costs of electricity supplied by us to train operators for their use of traction electricity. Electrification asset usage charges recover the variable costs of maintaining and renewing electrification assets.

These are regulated charges which are approved and fixed by ORR at each periodic review for the forthcoming control period.

Traction electricity and electrification asset usage charges full consultation

Estimate of AC losses report (September 2012)
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Full consultation (September 2012)
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Updated: Estimate of AC losses report (January 2013)
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Conclusions document and draft pricelists (February 2013)
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EAUC conclusions – presentation to TESG (February 2013)
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Addendum to conclusions document (May 2013)
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Traction electricity and electrification asset charges consultation responses

ATOC (October 2012)
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DB Schenker (October 2012)
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DRS (October 2012)
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First Capital Connect and First ScotRail (October 2012)
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Freightliner (October 2012)
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Go-Ahead (October 2012)
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Porterbrook (October 2012)
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South West Trains (October 2012)
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Transport for London (October 2012)
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Transport Scotland (October 2012)
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DC losses consultation (closed 6 December 2012)

Updated: Estimate of DC losses – Electricity supply tariff area analysis (January 2013)
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Estimate of DC losses – Electricity supply tariff area analysis (November 2012)
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Treatment of regenerative braking for metered operators on the DC network (November 2012)
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DC Losses consultation – cover letter (November 2012)
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DC losses consultation responses

ATOC (December 2012)
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First Group (December 2012)
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Go-Ahead (December 2012)
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Passenger Focus (December 2012)
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Porterbrook (December 2012)
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South West Trains (December 2012)
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Transport for London (December 2012)
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Transport Scotland (December 2012)
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Variable usage charges

Variable usage charges are designed to recover our operating, maintenance and renewal costs that vary with traffic.

The charges ensure that we recover the wear and tear costs that result from additional traffic on the British rail network. These are regulated charges which are approved and fixed by the ORR at each periodic review for the forthcoming control period.

Variable usage charge consultation (closed 11 January 2013)

This consultation was issued with several supporting documents. Serco also conducted Vehicle Track Interaction Strategic Model (VTISM) analysis to inform the allocation of variable usage costs to individual vehicles.

Variable usage charge consultation

Variable usage charge consultation (December 2012)
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Vehicle characteristics spreadsheet (December 2012)
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Serco initial results (August 2012)
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Serco final report (December 2012)
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Network Rail presentation slides for Variable Usage Charge consultation (January 2013)
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On 11 January 2013 we presented an overview of the Variable Usage Charge consultation to stakeholders at the monthly variable track access charges (VTAC) developments meeting

Variable usage charge consultation responses

ATOC (February 2013)
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Cross Country Trains (February 2013)
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Department for Transport (February 2013)
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Direct Rail Services (February 2013)
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First Group (February 2013)
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Freight Transport Association (February 2013)
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Freightliner (February 2013)
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TTCI calculation analysis (February 2013)
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GB Railfreight (February 2013)
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Transport for London (February 2013)
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Transport Scotland (February 2013)
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Virgin Trains (February 2013)
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Other variable usage charge documents

Variable usage charge conclusions (April 2013)
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Vehicle characteristics spreadsheet – updated following consultation (April 2013)
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Serco final report – updated following consultation (April 2013)
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Network Rail presentation slides for Variable Usage Charge (May 2013)
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Network Rail presentation slides for Variable Usage Charge (May 2013)
ORR letter – Preparing CP5 price lists for the variable usage charge (April 2013)
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Following publication of the Variable Usage Charge conclusions document, ORR wrote to Network Rail, requiring it to provide ORR with information about how the SERCO work on the Variable Usage Charge (VUC) would impact charges if it were adopted in CP5
Network Rail response to ORR letter (May 2013)
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Network Rail presentation on Horizontal rail forces methodology (August 2012)
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Updating the Horizontal rail forces methodology
Network Rail presentation on progress update (September 2012)
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Serco slides from the VTISM workshop (December 2012)
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On 7 December 2012 we held a Vehicle Track Interaction Strategic Model (VTISM) workshop where Serco gave an overview of VTISM and held a tutorial
Letter to the ORR (December 2012)
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Morgan Tucker was commissioned by freight operators to review our initial estimate of Control Period 5 variable usage costs. We wrote to the ORR in response to this report
Letter to the ORR (December 2012)
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We also wrote to the ORR to set out in more detail our ‘top down’ cost variability assumptions
CIRIA report – Masonry arch bridges – condition appraisal and remedial treatment (2006)
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Mott MacDonald report – Spandrel Walls – Managing the Risks (March 2012)
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RSSB report – The effects of railway traffic on embankment stability (March 2011)
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Freight caps consultation (closed 27 January 2012)

We issued this consultation to inform the ORR’s decision in relation to placing an early cap on freight variable usage charges. The costs estimates provided in these documents inform the variable usage charge consultation.

Freight caps consultation

Freight caps consultation letter (November 2011)
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Freight caps conclusions letter (March 2012)
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Arup review of analysis in freight caps consultation (March 2012)
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Freight caps industry letter (September 2011)
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Freight caps consultation responses

Freightliner (January 2012)
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Direct Rail Services (January 2012)
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Rail Freight Group (January 2012)
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GB Railfreight (January 2012)
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Freight Transport Association (January 2012)
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Annex to DB Schenker consultation response (January 2012)
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DB Schenker (January 2012)
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Suspension factors consultation

Suspension factors consultation letter (March 2012)
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Suspension factors – final proposal (August 2012)
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RFCpro workshop slides (October 2012)
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RFCpro user guide (November 2012)
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Suspension factors consultation responses

DRS (March 2012)
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PWF (March 2012)
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DBS (March 2012)
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Freightliner (March 2012)
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WH Davis (March 2012)
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GB Railfreight (March 2012)
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Colas Rail (March 2012)
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