Welcome to the
Access Disputes Committee Website
“Assisting the Rail Industry to settle
The Access Disputes Committee is responsible for the operation of the
dispute resolution procedures that form part of all Access Agreements on the
national network of Great Britain.
Access Agreements, which can
relate to Track, to Stations or to Maintenance Depots, define the contractual
terms by which Train Operators (and others) can make use of those facilities.
All of these contracts stipulate that, where the parties to the contract
cannot agree on how it should be interpreted or applied, they must make use of
one of a range of specified dispute resolution processes.
The arrangements are set out in the Access Dispute Resolution Rules,
which are an Annex to the Network Code.
This website gives ready
access to a directory of practical precedents, together with full copies of the
determinations of past hearings and appeals.
Separate sections of this website deal with Access dispute resolution
matters on the High Speed 1
and on the Heathrow Airport Ltd infrastructure.
abolition of the Rail Industry Disputes Resolution Committee, the Access
Disputes Committee holds responsibility for oversight of the CAHA Registrar
whilst theSecretary of the
Access Disputes Committee is deemed to act also as RIDR Secretary in any
circumstances where that may become necessary.
The RIDR Rules have been amended. For the
avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that Parties to any dispute under the
RIDR Rules should co-operate to make their
own arrangements for progressing the matter to mediation or arbitration.
The Access Disputes Committee is administered by a
small Secretariat based near Euston Station, which is also the usual location
for any hearings of Timetabling Panels or Access Dispute Adjudications.
The Secretary can be contacted at the following address
Access Disputes Committee
1 Eversholt Street
Telephone Number of
Committee Secretary: 020-7554-0601
the links below to follow
Access Disputes Index Page
Directory of Precedents Enquiry Map
Introduction to the Directory of Precedents and
how to use it
and function of the Access Disputes Committee
Airport Ltd Access Disputes
This page updated 05 October 2018