Regulatory and licensing

Reports on our performance, details on our reporting requirements to Government, and the documents that define our remit, as well as the licences we hold to operate the railway

Annual Report: our work to improve the experience of everyone who uses the railway.

Annual Return: our achievements, developments and challenges during the year.

Operators of railway assets need to be licensed under the Railways Act 1993, unless exempted. Network Rail has separate licences for its network and for the managed stations that it operates. The licence documents set out below authorise Network Rail’s operation and are enforced by the Office of Rail and Road.

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Network Rail’s Tax Strategy published in accordance with Finance Act 2016 Schedule 19 paragraph 16(2).