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Frequently asked questions

Can I film for free?

Unless you are filming or taking pictures for news or current affairs purposes, we charge for all filming and photography in our properties, including our managed stations. Charging for our film service allows us to have a dedicated, experienced Filming Manager, ready to help you organise your shoot.

View a full list of our fees

Do I need public liability insurance?

You are required to have Public Liability Insurance for all of your filming and this must be in pounds sterling. We generally require cover of up to £10million for medium or large budget features, £5million for television and low budget features, and £2million for stills photography. If you are a student, you will need your university to cover you on their insurance. We will need confirmation of this by way of both a letter from your course tutor, and a copy of your university’s Public Liability Insurance document.

Do you allow student filming?

We allow student filming and photography in our stations, providing the filming is for coursework at degree level or higher. We require the same paperwork for student projects as we do for all other filming or photography.

However, we can only accommodate student filming in public areas of our stations, and not in any back of house areas, or private areas.

Do students film for free?

Students do not film for free, although we do have a special rate for those filming for their coursework. See our fee page for more information.

What should I include on my risk assessment?

Network Rail is a Safety Critical company, which means we are committed to the safety of our staff, contractors, passengers and visitors.  We believe everyone has the right to get home safe every day – you can read more about our safety vision here.  We take safety seriously and as you want to work within, or on our property, we expect you to do so too.

Your Risk Assessment is an essential part of your application.  Unless it is thorough, both it and your application will be deferred until it is fit for purpose.  If you are unsure as to how to proceed, the guidance below should assist you but if you require further assistance you might wish to consult the
HSE or enlist the help of a competent person, who will know what hazards to identify and what control measures to put in place.  The Risk Assessment must be activity and site specific for it to be accepted.

It needs to tell us what you are filming, where on our property, and with what equipment.  You need to identify what the hazards are; who is at risk; and why they are at risk.  Following this you need to tell us how you are going to reduce the risk and how you will continue to monitor this throughout your filming, and who will be responsible for the monitoring.

You should ensure you read all within this section, however, a bare minimum, all shoots need consider and state the control measures for the following categories :

·         Collisions

·         Safe Distances

·         Security and Storage

·         Equipment

TIP : Your Risk Assessment is much more likely to be accepted if you explicitly state what you won’t be doing or using as much as what you will.  For instance, if you are only using a camera and tripod, you can state "No other equipment will be used".

COLLISIONS
Our stations are amongst the busiest environments in the UK with many of our users moving at a fast-pace; therefore it is essential you consider the hazards related to yourselves and others, be your camera positions static, roving or both.  All contractors working on our property, regardless of the task, are required to wear High-Visibility clothing in order to be conspicuous to those around them.  Whilst it isn’t a requirement for actors, SAs, presenters or contributors, all other crew must wear High-Visibility vests as minimum whilst working within our boundary.

SAFE DISTANCES
Railways carry inherently high-risks and it is essential that all equipment and crew maintain the minimum distances :

·         1.5 metres from all platform edges

·         3.0 metres away from overhead power lines (OLE)

If you are filming on a bridge or elevated walkway you must additionally ensure that no equipment or person overhangs the edges.

SECURITY AND STORAGE
In order to keep account of everyone working, all personnel need to sign-in at the start of their shift. In stations this is the Station or Contractor’s Reception where they will receive a safety brief given by the Shift Station Manager or their representative 30 minutes before filming can take place.  Photo ID is required for this purpose. Crew shall sign out again on completion of filming.

Only essential equipment should be on site.  All equipment needs to be contained (not spread out), guarded / manned at all times.  In addition, storage containers and trolleys (e.g. Magliners), should be located and secured in pre-arranged areas, surrounded by barriers if necessary.  State how this will be achieved.

If you need to use barriers to segregate station users and staff from the Film Unit during working periods, state how this will be achieved.

EQUIPMENT
Consideration must be given when using any and all equipment when either on or within Network Rail property.  As a minimum you must specify how access will not be impeded, nor collision or trip-hazard created when using any of the below :

Camera - Handheld / Steadicam (Stable-eye, Rig etc.)
In addition : These operations require a ‘spotter’ to guide the camera operator to avoid collisions with members of the public or other station (or site) users.

Camera - Tripod
In addition : This operation requires that the Tripod be either barriered-off or be shielded by crew in High-Visibility clothing.

Camera - Crane / Jib
In addition : We rarely permit either Cranes or Jibs in our stations unless under a platform possession when extra consideration needs to be given to working at height.  This requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred. Extra consideration needs to be given to working at height.  This requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

Chroma Key / Colour-separation Overlay (Blue / Green Screen)
In addition : Extra consideration needs to be given to the location and size.  We do not permit Green-coloured screens to be pointed in the direction of rail lines as they may cause a distraction to train drivers.

Dolly & Track
In addition : Only a Dolly-on-Wheels should be requested.  We rarely permit Camera Track in stations unless under a platform possession when extra consideration needs to be given to the use and length.

Generator(s) / Cables
In addition : Extra consideration needs to be given to the use and type of Generators.  We rarely permit these and they require an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

In addition : Extra consideration needs to be given to the use of Cables.  We rarely permit these to cross walkways and must always be matted and taped if so; battery operated equipment with no trailing cables is highly recommended.

Ladderpod / Stepladder (inc. two/three-step)
In addition : We rarely permit either Ladderpods or Stepladders (inc. two/three-step) in our stations unless under a platform possession when extra consideration needs to be given to working at height.  This requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

Lighting / Reflectors / Blackout
In addition : We do not permit Lighting or Flash photography on our platforms or beside a railway line as it may cause a distraction to train drivers.  Lighting or Flash can sometimes be considered as long as it cannot be seen or reflected toward platforms.  Extra consideration needs to be given to the use; type and positioning of Lighting and / or Flagging.  These are generally only permitted on the larger projects after site visits.

In addition : Reflectors can be considered (we do not permit Gold, Green or Red or Silver surfaces) or blackout (light shields).

In addition : Extra consideration needs to be given to the use; type and positioning of Blackout drapes or tents.

Monitors / Video Village
In addition : Playback monitors must be battery powered and wireless if used in stations.

In addition : Extra consideration needs to be given to the use; type and positioning of Video Villages.  These are generally only permitted on the larger projects after site visits.

Sound
In addition : Boom microphones are not permitted in stations with overhead power lines (unless with a possession and isolation).  In those without overhead power lines usage of boom microphones are generally restricted to large open areas.

In addition : Use of Radio Microphones are permitted in certain instances but frequencies need to be interference-checked in advance of the shoot which can be easily done when you provide your radio frequencies.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Crane / Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWPs)
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and positioning of Cranes or Elevated Platforms.  Working with either of these requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

Filming in Progress Signs
Should be considered only when absolutely necessary.  Despite Network Rail property being private, many areas (such as stations) have public access.  Wording must be provided in advance and be careful to not assume ownership of copyright of passers-by.  “APOLOGIES FOR INCONVENIENCE” is suggested.

Manual Handling
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and location of equipment / kit being brought in.  In addition to adhering to MHOR regulations, carrying must be executed with one arm kept free at all times and assistance sought if the item(s) is too heavy.  Trolleys (Magliners) for example, should be moved by a minimum of two persons.

Parking / Vehicle Movements
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and location of action or support vehicles needs to be assessed.

Scaffolding
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and location of scaffolding.  Working at height requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

SFX
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and location of smoke, mist or water for special effects.

Stunts
Consideration needs to be given to the use; type and location of stunts and stunt vehicles proposed.

Working at Height
Working at height requires an additional permit (MS07), and additional costs incurred.

What equipment can I bring to a shoot?

If you are filming in a station, or near a working railway line, Network Rail will need to be informed of your filming activity and all of your filming equipment - including props - in advance. This, along with a site specific method statement and risk assessment, will need to be approved before your shoot can go ahead.

Booms and tracking are generally not permitted on platforms, and lighting positions must be agreed in advance. View the full information on filming in stations.

Does Network Rail manage filming in all stations?

No. If the station you wish to film in is not on the list on our locations page, then you will need to contact the Train Operating Company (TOC) at the relevant station. Information on which TOCs manage which stations can be found on the National Rail website.

Can you arrange filming on trains?

Network Rail is not a train operating company (TOC), so we cannot organise filming on trains. Information on which TOCs operate from which stations can be found on the National Rail website.

Can I film in the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo?

Filming is not currently permitted in the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo.

Can I film the statues in the stations?

If you are featuring the statues in our stations in anything other than an incidental way, then you will need to get permissions from the sculptor or their representative.

In St Pancras International, The Meeting Place statue was created by Paul Day who can be contacted directly on paul@pauldaysculpture.com.

The Betjeman statue is by Martin Jennings who can be contacted through Pete Woronkowicz, Licensing Executive at DACS, who can be called on 020 7553 9068.

What if I want to film on a platform?

If you wish to film on a platform with a train pulling in, leaving, or stationary, you will need to obtain permission from the Train Operating Company (TOC) before you apply to film.
To find out which TOCs operate from Network Rail managed stations, see our website.
For all other stations, see National Rail Enquiries website.

What if I want to film an event?

Event spaces in our stations are managed by Space and People. To book an event space please contact them. Should you wish to film and photograph the event, then please come back to this site to apply.

What if I want to film on a Eurostar platform at St Pancras International?

For commercial filming/photography within the Eurostar restricted zone (Eurostar platforms, departures lounge and arrivals area) at St Pancras International the fees are from £750 per hour + VAT for a maximum of six people.  For additional people an extra escort/s will be required, and the fee will increase by £75.00 per hour for every six extra people, along with an escort fee of £50 per hour per escort. 

There are restrictions on the number of people who can be accommodated, and this will depend on the location. In addition to this fee, if filming a journey, then tickets for each individual will also need to be purchased.

For every enquiry, Eurostar will require a full proposal giving details of the client, content, timing, numbers of people, and equipment to be used. This is for an initial assessment. If accepted, then a full risk assessment, method statement, equipment list and proof of Insurance will be required. 

Please contact Lesley Retallack, Head of Events and CSR at Eurostar International, on 020 7843 5300 or email her at Lesley.Retallack@eurostar.com. For news or press enquiries, please email press.office@eurostar.com.

What if I want to film at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel?

For filming in the hotel or on the forecourt, permission must be sought from the hotel directly. Fees will apply.

What if I want to film in the Champagne Bar at St Pancras International?

St Pancras Grand Brasserie and Champagne Bar are owned and managed by Searcy’s who will advise directly on filming and photography requests. Separate location fees apply. Visit their website for more information.
The highly reflective stainless steel construction of the Champagne Bar means lights must be screened to avoid dazzling train drivers.

I can’t find the right location. Can you help?

Browse our location library to find a suitable location for your shoot. If you still can't find what you are looking for, click the "submit a location enquiry" on the right hand side of the location library page.