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

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
141 KB
Development Services Agreement – Detailed Guidance
63 KB
Development Services Agreement – Template
267 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
269 KB
Asset Protection Agreement – Template
542 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
82 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Template
185 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Detailed Guidance
66 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Template
191 KB
Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Detailed Guidance
82 KB
Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost – Template
320 KB
Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Detailed Guidance
74 KB
Implementation Agreement Fixed Price – Template
296 KB

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.

After reviews within the industry and working with the ORR, it has been decided that reductions to the percentage fees can be implemented to third party agreements for development services and asset protection agreements.

As of 1 April 2021, the amendments to the risk fees are:

 Basic service agreement (BSA)Basic asset protection agreement (BAPA)Asset protection agreement (APA)Development services agreement (DSA)Basic implementation agreement emerging cost. (BIA: EC)
Previous Network Rail fee5%10%10%5%5%
NEW Network Rail fee1%5%7.50%1%2.50%

Industry risk fee

 Basic service agreement (BSA)Basic asset protection agreement (BAPA)Asset protection agreement (APA)Development services agreement (DSA)Basic implementation agreement emerging cost. (BIA: EC)
Previous industry risk fee0%2%2%2%2%
NEW industry risk fee0%1%1%1%1%

The risk fee percentages on all other third-party agreements will remain as currently set. These amended risk fees will take effect for any agreement entered into from 1 April 2021. The new risk fees are not retrospective and the terms of existing contracts will not be affected. Any agreements entered into prior to 1 April 2021 will use the risk fee percentages set out in those agreements. This includes any variations made to existing agreements i.e. the contract terms entered into will continue to apply.

Network Rail standards

Catalogue of Network Rail Standards
2 MB
Issue 119
Asset protection & optimisation of third party works on Network Rail infrastructure
712 KB
Issue 1
Asset protection & optimisation of outside party works on Network Rail infrastructure
934 KB
Guidance for completing the Standards Challenge Application
292 KB
Standards Challenge Form
48 KB
Standards challenged to date – March 2021
308 KB
Accessing Network Rail standards for contractors and suppliers
114 KB

Investing and building on or near the railway

Investing in the railway
14 MB
Open for Business supporting information for pilot contestable projects
508 KB
Default Risk Allocation Table – third party agreements
79 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
169 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
439 KB