2018 periodic review (PR18): ORR consults on open access.(ORR)

2018 periodic review (PR18): ORR consults on open access

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We have today published two consultations relating to open access. We are also launching engagement with industry to develop a framework for monitoring the impact of, and response to, open access.

These consultations will be of interest to open access operators, funders and other stakeholders, and to Network Rail itself:

PR18 consultation on implementing infrastructure cost charges for open access operators

We have today published our consultation finalising some implementation issues for infrastructure cost charges for open access operators, following the commitments in our PR18 final determination.

  • The full consultation, including details on how to respond, is available here.
  • The consultation will be running until Monday 14 January 2019.

Consultation on our guidance on the Economic Equilibrium Test

 We have today published draft guidance on the Economic Equilibrium Test. A new EU Implementing Regulation sets out a test which ORR, as independent regulator, must carry out in reaching a decision on whether to approve open access applications. We are consulting on our guidance for administering this test.

  • The full consultation, including details on how to respond, is available here.
  • The consultation will be running until Monday 14 January 2019.

Competition work on open access

We are also today launching engagement with industry to develop a framework for monitoring the impact of, and response to, open access. This should ensure that open access operators continue to face fair market conditions. It will also act as an early warning system, enabling us to be a more proactive competition regulator.

  • More information on this work is available here.

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