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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provisions of the Railways Infrastructure (Access and Management) Regulations 2005 (‘the 2005 Regulations’), since superseded by the Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016 (‘the 2016 Regulations’).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 and following a consultation period, HAL has issued, in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 13 of The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”), the 2019 Network Statement and indicative price list. The published price list includes the maximum level of the Fixed Track Access Charge (FTAC) which will be recovered by way of a mark-up and is the subject of ORR approval pursuant to the Regulations and the 2019 Network Statement lists the affected market segments (subject to the mark-up).

Separately, HAL is considering the responses to the Revised Access Documentation consultation which closed on 20 October 2017. HAL continues to engage with stakeholders and intends to publish the final documentation shortly.

Access documentation

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 Price List - a price list which outlines the applicable Track and Station Access Charges for HAL infrastructure, as updated from time to time.

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 - 2019 updated version to be published shortly.

Plus a number of supporting documents which include a standard track access agreement and a standard station access agreement plus station conditions can be found here 2019 updated versions to be published shortly.

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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