Our rail experts have transformed the performance of Britain’s railway…they can help you transform yours

Network Rail Consulting is the wholly owned international consultancy arm of Network Rail, the owner and operator of Britain’s mainline railway. Uniquely, Network Rail Consulting has access to the full range of technical expertise and experience within Network Rail. In delivering operational, maintenance, planning and technical services for the UK railway, Network Rail Consulting’s consultancy team makes available the comprehensive technical expertise and operational experience of Network Rail.

Network Rail, the owner and operator of Britain’s rail infrastructure, has transformed the country’s railways. We’ve revitalized our aging infrastructure, built world-class track, signals & stations and modernized our operations. Today, we help people take more than 1.7bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996.

In Britain, the operation of railway infrastructure is separated from the operation of train services - Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s railway infrastructure. Our railway network is heavily used by over thirty passenger and freight train operators - the most open railway in the world; Britain’s railways are also the fastest growing and the safest in Europe.

Network Rail’s job is to keep it running every day and continuously maintain, enhance and expand the network. Our main responsibility is to accommodate many train operators on our network, whose performance depends on ours. We're investing £50bn in the railway to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations. All of this with minimal disruption on one of the world's busiest railways.

We are Europe’s premier railway

WeAreEuropesPremierRailwayThe European Commission recently acknowledged (2013) how far the UK’s railway has been transformed over the last 12 years, comparing our performance with other European operators and finding the UK rail network to be the fastest growing, most improved and safest in Europe.



Key facts

Modernisation using smarter ways of working has delivered more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations

  • 1.7 billion passenger journeys, 17 billion tonne kilometres of freight and 7 million train movements every year
  • 18 major stations which handle over 950 million passenger journeys and 2,500 other stations - leased to train operators
  • one of the largest asset management companies in Europe, with 38,000 employees, 32,000 kilometres of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and embankments and over 40,000 signals
  • one of the biggest property portfolios in the UK with over 7,500 commercial properties
  • 24 train-operating companies and 7 freight-operating companies

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

  • 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 BS 10500 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, 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.

BS 10500:2011 Anti-Bribery Management System

In 2014 we implemented an anti-bribery management system (‘ABMS’) in line with the requirements of the British Standard BS 10500:2011, 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 BS 10500:2011 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]


ARANetwork Rail Consulting is a member of ARA, the Australian Railway Association.

ARA are the peak body for the rail industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. They represent an array of rail organisations: private and public, passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers of rolling stock, construction companies and all other organisations supplying and contributing to the Australasian rail sector.  For more information on ARA go to http://www.ara.net.au/


apta member

Network Rail Consulting is a member of APTA, the American Public Transportation Association.

APTA is the leading force in advancing public transportation in the United States of America. APTA members are public organizations that are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services and high-speed rail. For more information on APTA go to www.apta.com



Network Rail Consulting is a member of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). UITP works to promote and support sustainable public transport & mobility in urban areas worldwide with a long history of more than 125 years to its name. It is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. UITP has 1,400 member companies giving access to over 16,000 contacts from 96 countries. Members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry.


Quality Management System

Network Rail Consulting is committed to delivering high quality services to all of  our clients. Accordingly, we have implemented a Quality Management System which has been independently certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:20008.


Anti-Bribery Management System

Network Rail Consulting is proud of our rail-engineering heritage and our success in improving Britain’s infrastructure over the last ten years, and also of the way we do our business. Consequently, we have implemented an Anti-Bribery Management System which ensures we conduct business ethically. This has been independently certified as meeting the requirements of BS 10500:2011.