Rail regulation

Rail regulation is at the core of most railway initiatives. We have real expertise in rail regulation and regulated agreements, so we know how this affects rail businesses both in theory and in practice.

Whatever level of support you need, from specific railway law and policy to how the ORR approaches its roles and powers, we can deliver pragmatic advice on all elements of the legal and regulatory framework.

We also know and understand the key agreements that underpin the rail industry. Track, stations, depots and connection contracts are all areas of expertise.

A selection of our team’s experience is below:

Track access contract


Developing a suite of track access documentation and Network Code for use of Crossrail, including performance, possessions and charging.

Day-to-day advice

Advising a number of train operating companies on their rights and obligations under the track access agreement with Network Rail, including in connection with the performance and possessions regimes.

Station access agreement

Transport for London

Advising TfL in relation to the transfer of certain stations on the West Anglia route (and Crossrail services) into TfL, including a new lease and station access structure.

Manchester Airport Group

Advising Manchester Airport Group on the interface between the airport and the regulated stations regime at Manchester Airport station.

Depot access agreement

Arriva Rail London

Advising Arriva Rail London in relation to its regulated and unregulated depot access arrangements for London Overground.

Connection contracts

Transport for London

Advising TfL in relation to the connections between the new Crossrail railway and the Network Rail network, including bespoke arrangements between two operational railways.


Transport UK Group (formerly Abellio)

Advising Transport UK Group (formerly Abellio) in connection with the interface between the HS2 project and regulated industry regimes at Euston station.


Advising on the interfaces between the new Crossrail railway and Network Rail's network, including a services agreement, asset protection and traction electricity supply.