COVID-19 UPDATE - 26.01.2021

Due to the National lockdown, we are unable to facilitate shoots and recces at some of our locations.  Please call us or submit an enquiry form before making an application.  Further information is available on our safety guidance page.  We thank you for your continued patience.

Aerial filming

Aerial filming

Filming with drones and helicopters is more popular than ever. But even the smallest drone can pose a risk to the railway.

It is a criminal offence to fly a drone or helicopter on, over, or close to the railway unless you are an approved contractor.

Most importantly, even if you are an approved contractor you must have our permission before take off. We have set out how to apply below.


Drone (UAV) filming requests

There are two different application forms. One, for flying over 50 metres away from the railway; the other for flying within 50 metres.

  • For flights within 50 metres of the railway you will need to apply 14 days in advance.  Charges are made for this service based on time spent reviewing applications. These vary, but usually start around £500+VAT. Once the process is complete, we will provide you with the total figure.
  • For flights at least 50 metres away, we will need at least two working days notice.

Completed forms need to be sent to both droneenquiries@networkrail.co.uk and filming@networkrail.co.uk.

Helicopter filming requests

We only give permission to film within 500 feet of the railway on a case-by-case basis. 

We need one month to consider this, and will charge a non-refundable fee of £1,000+VAT for our time. Additional fees may apply if your application is successful.  Please contact us for more information.