Aerial filming

Aerial filming

The desire to use drones and helicopters has increased considerably in the last few years and we recognise their popularity in the industry.  There are laws in place, however, which safeguard railway infrastructure preventing aerial operations nearby without our permission.  Depending on what you're looking to achieve, one of the following methods of approach is required prior to any aerial filming being undertaken.

NOTE : Requests to fly with a separation distance of under 20m are not considered.


Drone (UAV) filming requests

Depending on the intended flight separation distances from our infrastructure, we'll need to know in one of two ways.  Completed forms require submission to both droneenquiries@networkrail.co.uk and filming@networkrail.co.uk :

  • Requests to fly further than 50m we ask notify us using our UAV Filming Notification (50+) form, downloadable below.  No minimum notice period nor fee is required
  • Requests to fly between 20m-50m, need apply using our UAV Filming Application (20-50m) form, downloadable below.  At least 14 working days and a non-refundable consideration fee of £500+VAT will be required on receipt of an application.  The documentation below needs also to be submitted in support of :
    • standard filming application (not SSFA)
    • A current CAA permission certificate
    • A current public liability insurance certificate
    • A detailed plan of the flight including taking off zone(s) and landing zone(s), height/distance of the flight
    • Risk assessment and method statements
    • Total UAV weight when fully laden

Helicopter filming requests

Permission to film with helicopters near to our infrastructure (i.e. within 500ft) is given only on a case-by-case basis.  The minimum timescale for these considerations is one month and a non-refundable consideration fee of £1,000+VAT will be required on receipt of an application.  Additional fees, such as for staff attendance, may additionally apply.  Please contact us direct for further information regarding these requests.