Network Rail

Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure network – one of the world’s most intensively used rail networks. Our network is the fifth busiest rail network in the world and the second busiest in Europe. We:

  • Provide a safe and efficient national railway network that carries over 1.8 billion passenger journeys, 16.6 billion tonne kilometres of freight and 7 million train movements every year;
  • Own, maintain and operate 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and embankments and thousands of signals;
  • Operate 20 major stations which handle 800 million passenger journeys and own 2,500 other stations, which are leased to train operators;
  • Employ 42,000 people in asset management, operations, maintenance, renewals, and enhancement projects; and
  • Have an annual turnover of over £8bn, with capital expenditure of over £5bn per annum.

Network Rail Consulting

Network Rail shares its expertise with the world’s rail owners and operators through Network Rail Consulting (NRC). We understand the institutional, regulatory, technical, policy and strategic issues of running a railway in the 21st century. We know how to operate a network, manage its assets, and deliver renewal and enhancement programs whilst minimising the disruption to passenger and freight services.

What makes us different from other consultants is that our people have genuine hands-on experience in solving the challenges you face in the real world of rail operations. We are rail professionals operating and maintaining one of the world's leading railway systems who want to share their expertise, experience, and passion for the job.

We have been active in the Australian, the Middle East and North American markets since 2013 and have successfully delivered over 200 consultancy contracts for government, public and privately owned organisations, and for passenger and freight owners and operators, achieving consistently excellent levels of client satisfaction.

Our advice covers the full range of the project life cycle, from concept, project development and delivery through to operations and maintenance.


Great Britain was the first nation to use steam locomotives, and Britain’s railway is the oldest in the world.

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Working collaboratively with our clients and business partners is fundamental to our approach to consultancy. Our project teams are tailored to each commission and comprise of experts in their respective fields.

Bespoke Recommendations Based On Your Needs

We will provide you with advice that is commercially implementable and appropriate to your network, finances and culture. You will always receive recommendations for the solutions, systems and suppliers that best meet your needs – irrespective of national pedigree.

Rigorous, Client-Focused Services

Network Rail Consulting is a dynamic partner that delivers a responsive service. We aim to deliver quality and value through: 

  • Robust and Objective Analysis;
  • Integrated Cross-Discipline Thinking;
  • Using Innovative Approaches and Techniques Where Risk and Reward Are Appropriate;
  • Developing Solutions That Incorporate Reliability and Whole Life Cost Factors; and
  • Providing Clearly Articulated Views and Advice That Clients Need As Opposed To What They Want To Hear.






"At Network Rail Consulting we are proud of our rail-engineering heritage and our success in improving Britain’s infrastructure over the last ten years, but also of the way we do our business - which is always with a focus on safety, integrity and honesty.

Our reputation is built by all of us doing the right thing every day - and making sure we take all the right steps to prevent bribery is a part of that. Implementing the ISO 37001 anti-bribery management system is a clear statement about the way we work, our expectations from our people and all of our business partners, as well as our promise to them. The bottom line is that will never compromise the safety of our people or our integrity for financial or competitive gain, or any other reason".

Nigel Ash, Global Managing Director

Our Code of Business Ethics

At Network Rail we are committed to doing business in an ethical and sustainable way, and we expect the same high standards of behaviour from all of our employees and business partners. Our Code of Business Ethics is the collection of principles that guides everybody doing business on our behalf, in every area of their work. It’s underpinned by a range of policies – such as Anti-BriberyGifts and HospitalityConflicts of Interest & Outside ActivitiesWorking with Relatives and Personal Relationships at Work, and others.

Our Approach

Everybody in our organisation is responsible for creating an ethical culture. All of Network Rail Consulting’s staff receive annual training on ethics, and have access to Speak Out, our confidential reporting service where they can raise concerns about breaches of our Code of Business Ethics or the law. Our Speak Out policy guarantees that there will be no reprisals, and all investigations will be conducted in a fair and impartial manner.

ISO 37001:2011 Anti-Bribery Management System

In 2014 we implemented an anti-bribery management system (‘ABMS’) in line with the requirements of the British Standard ISO 37001:2011, a recognised global benchmark. The ABMS applies to our operations in all the countries where we do business, which puts us at the forefront of our industry in terms of commitment to ethical business practice. NRC achieved certification to ISO 37001:2011 in February 2015.

Our Modern Slavery Statement

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. Network Rail Consulting has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. You can read our Modern Slavery Statement here.

Privacy Notice

We take your right to privacy seriously and want you to feel comfortable when using our services. To learn more about our privacy notice click here.

If you’re looking for more information about our ethics programme, please contact us at [email protected]