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To encourage third party investment in the network, we have a suite of downloads and template agreements for enhancement projects.

They have been developed and revised following extensive consultation with industry, customers and stakeholders.

They’re aimed at reducing the need for time-consuming negotiations on contractual arrangements for each scheme, providing transparency on payments to Network Rail. We strive to find solutions that reduce barriers to entry through the provision of a more economic and efficient contractual framework.

Many of these documents are well established templates and codes of practice to remove barriers. Some are being revised to incorporate service levels and other recommended improvements.

You can find more information in our guide Investing in the railway, part of our stakeholder code of practice.

Template Agreements and Detailed Guidance Notes

Network Rail Delivery of Services – pre-GRIP 4/5

Customer Delivery of Services or Works

Detailed guidance for both the asset protection agreement and basic asset protection agreements is currently being written and will be available shortly

Network Rail Delivery of Works – post GRIP 4/5

New, cheaper ‘risk fees’

To encourage third party investment into the railway, we have a system to address commercial and industry liabilities taken on by Network Rail when working with third parties. Known as ‘risk fees’ they are applied as percentage uplifts to third party agreements to fund Network Rail to take on certain risks and pay the costs of these if they occur.

Network Rail standards

Asset protection & optimisation of third party works on Network Rail infrastructure
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Asset protection & optimisation of outside party works on Network Rail infrastructure
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Standards challenged to date – March 2021
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Investing and building on or near the railway

Stakeholder relations code of practice

Opportunities for third parties

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