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

Asset Protection Agreement
331 KB
Basic Asset Protection Agreement
118 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost
140 KB
Basic Implementation Agreement Fixed Price
132 KB
Basic Services Agreement
83 KB
Development Services Agreement – NROnly
242 KB
Implementation Agreement Emerging Cost Basis
289 KB
Implementation Agreement Fixed Price Basis
318 KB
Template Agreements for Customers undertaking Railway Projects
41 KB
Explanatory Note Overview
152 KB

Network Rail standards

Catalogue of Network Rail Standards
3 MB
Issue 110

Other related downloads

Stakeholder relations code of practice
251 KB
Applying for or extending franchise contracts
37 KB
Developing and purchasing Network Rail land
182 KB
The railway systems code of practice
183 KB
Accessing Network Rail standards for contractors and suppliers
179 KB
Getting access to stations managed by Network Rail
208 KB
Renting property from Network Rail (excluding retail units at the stations we manage)
23 KB
Commercial filming on Network Rail property
191 KB
Supplying works, services or products to Network Rail
189 KB
Passenger track access for existing train operators
211 KB
Freight/charter track access for existing train operators
82 KB
Freight/charter track access for new or potential train operators
111 KB
Freight connection contracts
187 KB
Introducing new vehicles or changes to vehicles
221 KB
Passenger track access for new and potential train operators
211 KB
Investing in the network
711 KB
Guidance for completing the Standards Challenge Application
292 KB
Standards Challenge Form
48 KB
Open for Business supporting information for pilot contestable projects
508 KB
Default risk allocation table – third party asset protection agreement
257 KB
Network Rail Service Level Obligations for Third Party Asset Protection Agreements February 2019 Pending ORR Approval
119 KB
Standards challenged to date – March 2019
38 KB
Asset protection and optimisation – Customer satisfaction – April 2019
161 KB
Asset protection and optimisation – Service levels – April 2019
109 KB