Rail Freight Group (RFG) is pleased to respond to the ORR’s consultations on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail, and on route requirements and scorecards. We have responded to these three documents together given their overlaps. No part of this response is confidential.
Overall, we support the broad framework that ORR is proposing for CP6, noting the balance it seeks to achieve between flexibility and strong regulation. The approach appears to align with the aims of route devolution, benchmarking and encouragement of closer alignment. That said, as minority operators on the network, freight operators and users remain concerned that the right incentives and governance are in place to support delivery of freight objectives, and that ORR’s key role in regulating a monopoly provider can still, if required, be strongly enforced.
Click the link below to download the response in full.
ORR consultation on Overall Framework Sept 17