Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain’s main-line rail infrastructure.
We are responsible for providing safe efficient reliable tracks, signaling systems and stations, enabling over 30 train operating companies to carry passengers and freight to destinations throughout the UK every year.
We run, maintain and develop 20,000 miles of track and 30,000 bridges, viaducts and tunnels, as well as all the associated signaling and communications equipment. We own the country’s 2,500 stations and manage 18 of the busiest and most iconic.
Every day we dispatch and manage the operation of 25,000 trains carrying more than 4 million passengers. Every year 1.7 billion trips are made on our network, and 100 million tons of freight is transported between ports, factories and shops. Network Rail shares its expertise with the world’s railway operators through Network Rail Consulting (NRC), acknowledged internationally as a centre of rail excellence.
We understand the high-level institutional, regulatory, technical, policy and strategic issues of running a 19th century railroad in the 21st century. We know how to operate a network, manage its assets and deliver enhancement programs.
We have unrivaled expertise in getting more out of legacy infrastructure, operating in a closely monitored market and continuously upgrading an active, heavily-used rail system.
What makes us different from other consultants is that we have genuine hands-on experience in solving the challenges you face in the real world of operating railroads. We are not consultants in the traditional sense of the word.
We are men and women maintaining and building one of the world’s leading railroads who want to share with you their expertise, experience and passion for the job.
Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway – more than 20,000 miles of track, 6,000 level crossings, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and 2,500 stations – including the largest 18 that we manage.
In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.7bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £50bn in the railway to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.
Britain has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any rail system in the world and is the safest railway in Europe.
Since 2002, we’ve been part of the latest chapter in the nearly 200-year history of Britain’s railway
Rail was invented in Britain and that’s why we’re so proud to be playing our part in its modern story, honouring this legacy while delivering a better railway for Britain’s future.
We’re committed to continuing the great success story of rail in Britain, following in the spirit of engineering inspiration, innovation and determination that underpins two centuries of history.
Modernisation using smarter ways of working have delivered more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations