Aerial filming

Aerial filming

Filming with drones and helicopters is increasingly popular, but even the smallest drone can pose a risk to the railway.  We ask that you let us know and if required, agree a safe way of working with our Air Operations team before taking flight.

Drone (UAS / UAV) filming

Please notify us of your flight intention via our dronecloud portal.  You'll receive an acknowledgement once the submission has been logged, but we don't approve third-party flights or provide authority.  Liability lies solely with the drone operator. 

If another flight is looking to be in same airspace you'll be able to make contact with them and work out a plan.  Although the service is free, fees do apply to those shoots which either take off or land on our property or infrastructure.

We recommend you consult the documents below so you have a full understanding of our standards.  Section 6.2 specifically highlights the safe distances we ask you to observe.  If you need to fly in closer proximity to our railway, please contact the Air Operations team in the first instance who will be able to direct you to our framework suppliers list.  For further information see drone safety and the law page.

Helicopter filming

Requests are judged on a case-by-case basis. 

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