17 Access agreements.E+W+S+N.I.
(1)No directions under section 17(1) of the Railways Act 1993 (which enables the Rail Regulator to direct facility owners to enter into contracts for the use of their railway facilities) may be given to a rail link undertaker in relation to a rail link facility.
(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, section 18(1) of that Act (which restricts the freedom of a facility owner to enter into an access contract) shall not apply to the entry by a rail link undertaker into an access contract relating to a rail link facility.
(3)Where only part of a rail link facility is used for the purposes of or in connection with the provision of services on the rail link, subsection (2) above shall only apply if the access contract is restricted to that part of the facility.
(4)No directions under section 19(1) of that Act (which enables the Rail Regulator to direct installation owners to enter into contracts for the use of their installations) may be given to a rail link undertaker in relation to a network installation comprised in the rail link.
(5)In this section—
“access contract”, “network installation” and “railway facility” have the same meanings as in Part I of the M1Railways Act 1993; and
“” means a railway facility which is used wholly or partly for the purposes of or in connection with the provision of services for the carriage of passengers or goods on the rail link.
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