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Rail regulation

Under the 30 May 2008 Crossrail Deed of Undertaking (DoU) between HAL and the Secretary of State for Transport, HAL undertook to provide access to Heathrow Rail Infrastructure in accordance with certain provisions of the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 (‘the 2005 Regulations’), since superseded by the Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016 (‘the 2016 Regulations’).

To comply with these contractual access obligations, HAL is required to issue:

HAL Network Statement - an overview of the infrastructure assets and how access can be applied for and is subsequently allocated. It also includes principles of the charging regime to be employed.

HAL Network Code - a set of rules which is incorporated into, and therefore forms part of, each bilateral access contract between HAL and holders of rights of access to the track owned by HAL. 

Plus a number of supporting documents which include a standard track access agreement and a standard station access agreement and which can be here.

In line with the commitment above and to reflect changes to the existing documentation, we have published on the 24 March 2017, the following revised draft core access documents for consultation:

  • Heathrow Airport Limited - Rail Network Statement 2018;
  • Heathrow Airport Limited - Rail Network Code;
  • Track Access Contract (Passenger Services);
  • Station Access Agreement; and
  • Station Access Conditions.

In addition, we have also published a separate Price List covering the track, station and other access charges. These documents are available here and have updated the December 2016 published versions. Note following early consultation feedback, Heathrow has issued an updated version of the price list on 3 April 2017.

HAL welcomes comments on the documentation and therefore invites interested parties to review and provide feedback to: We will consider whether additional changes may be necessary prior to final publication of the documentation as part of the consultation process.

The Consultation period ends on 24 April 2017 and HAL intends to issue final documentation by 8 May.

To support the commitments contained within the Network Code and Network Statement, please find links below to relevant documentation:

For access requests, please email with details of the request and review the technical specification document (see link above) to ensure compliance with HAL infrastructure before application.

In addition, please use the following links for industry documentation referenced in the Heathrow rail regulation documents:


All queries, applications and change/access requests should be directed to

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