Closed consultation

Rail markets: implementing the market pillar

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Summary

Implementing the market pillar, European Union directive (2016/2370/EU), plus preparing rail markets legislation for EU Exit.

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Consultation description

The market pillar directive will:

  • establish the principle of open access to rail markets enabling new rail operators, subject to certain protections, to bid for access on to routes with existing franchise operators
  • introduce measures to safeguard the independence and impartiality of infrastructure managers within vertically integrated structures - those structures where rail infrastructure and passenger services are operated and owned by a single body

We are also consulting on the amendments we will need to make to rail markets legislation following the UK’s exit from the EU.

The EU market pillar directive, EU 2016/2370, was completed in December 2016.

Documents

Updating rail markets regulations: implementing part of the market pillar of the fourth railway package

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Impact assessment: the railways infrastructure (access and management) and (licensing of undertakings) (amendment) regulations 2018

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Published 24 April 2018