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 Network, part of our stakeholder code of practice.

Template Agreements and Detailed Guidance Notes

Guide to Template Agreements for Undertaking Railway projects
230 KB

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

Basic Services Agreement – Detailed Guidance
61 KB
Basic Services Agreement – Template
126 KB
Development Services Agreement – Detailed Guidance
63 KB
Development Services Agreement – Template
253 KB

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

Basic Asset Protection Agreement – Template
254 KB
Asset Protection Agreement – Template
547 KB
Material changes to APA Template
94 KB
Material changes to BAPA Template
101 KB

Network Rail Delivery of Works – post GRIP 4/5

Basic Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Detailed Guidance
78 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Template
162 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Detailed Guidance
66 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Template
231 KB
Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Detailed Guidance
82 KB
Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Template
315 KB
Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Detailed Guidance
74 KB
Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Template
467 KB

Network Rail standards

Catalogue of Network Rail Standards
2 MB
Issue 115
Asset protection & optimisation of third party works on Network Rail infrastructure
3 MB
Guidance for completing the Standards Challenge Application
292 KB
Standards Challenge Form
48 KB
Standards challenged to date – August 2020
160 KB
Accessing Network Rail standards for contractors and suppliers
114 KB

Investing and building on or near the railway

Investing in the network
711 KB
Open for Business supporting information for pilot contestable projects
508 KB
DefaDefault Risk Allocation Table – third party agreements
257 KB
Network Rail Service Level Obligations for Third Party Asset Protection Agreements February 2019 Pending ORR Approval
119 KB
Asset protection and optimisation – Customer satisfaction – Q3 2020
259 KB
Asset protection and optimisation – service levels – Q3 2020
258 KB
Outside Party Basic Asset Protection Agreement – Template
198 KB

Stakeholder relations code of practice

Stakeholder relations code of practice
251 KB

Opportunities for third parties

Open for Business supporting information for pilot contestable projects
508 KB
How to reuse railway telecoms assets
423 KB