Frequently asked questions
In this section, you will find answers to questions frequently asked by our customers. Click on a particular question to reveal an answer.
Please see our risk assessment guidelines page.
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. Boom polls and track are generally not permitted on platforms, and lighting positions must be agreed in advance. View the full information on our golden rules of safety and risk assessment guidance pages.
Generally not in stations and never in view of railway lines. Larger projects may be permitted to use lights in certain pre-agreed areas, but only once a site meeting has taken place.
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.
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.
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 the National Rail website.
Every penny earned is reinvested into the running of the railway and therefore almost all filming, photography and recording on our property including at our stations, is subject to fees, charges and contracts. Special dispensations apply only to news crews and rail enthusiasts.
All applicants are provided with a dedicated, experienced member of the Commercial Filming team who will help and offer guidance in the organisation of the shoot.
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 and high-end TV, but can accept £5million for television, low budget features as well as stills photography.
If you are a student you will need your either your college or university to indemnify you under their insurance. We need confirmation of this by way of both a letter from the course tutor and a copy of your faculty's Public Liability Insurance certificate.
All filming and photography at Network Rail managed stations needs to take place outside of peak hours. This means filming between 10.00hrs and 16.00hrs or 20.00hrs and 06.30hrs, Monday to Friday. You can usually film all day on Saturdays, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Yes, we allow student filming and photography in our stations, providing the filming is for coursework at degree level or higher. Please see our dedicated student filming page for further details.
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 London St. Pancras International, The Meeting Place statue was created by Paul Day who can be contacted directly on email@example.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.
Event spaces in our stations are managed by Space and People and all related filming is handled by them on our behalf.
Filming or photography on operational railway track is heavily dependent on location and usually requires a bare minimum of 4 weeks notice, although more time is often required. A Controller of Site Safety (COSS) will need to be provided at charges will apply for recces and shooting. Additional restrictions on crew numbers, equipment and lighting will apply.
Track Visitor Permits (TVPs) must be arranged by Network Rail in advance upon receipt of a completed TVP application per person visiting the track. Additional administration charges may apply. Accessing track without permission is an offence, and offenders will be prosecuted.
You need to inform our Asset Protection team, please see our dedicated page for further information.
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 Eurostar International, on 020 7843 5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hotel and the station's forecourt are managed by the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel. Permission must be sought from the hotel directly where separate fees will apply.
St Pancras Grand Brasserie and Champagne Bar are owned and managed by Searcys 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.