UPDATE - 04.01.2022

Due to the ongoing pandemic
, we currently assesses all shoots on a case-by-case basis.  Please submit an enquiry form or call us direct before making an application.  Further information is available on our safety guidance page.  We thank you for your continued patience.

Filming near the railway

Filming near the railway (Asset Protection and Optimisation)

If you are filming on private land but near the line, you may need our permission for certain activities. This is because we must keep the railway safe.

These activities include, but are not limited to:

  • lighting
  • special effects, such as rain or fog
  • cranes which could overhang or fall onto the railway
  • applying fixings or covering signage.

Permissions are given by the local Asset Protection and Optimisation team. You can find out which team to approach by using the contact map downloadable below.

To get permission for these activities or similar, you will need to complete a development questionnaire and send it to the team. Please copy in filming@networkrail.co.uk. 

The team will review your questionnaire and ask for a site visit if needed. They might need you to sign a basic asset protection agreement (BAPA). If so, fees will apply.

Due to the high number of applications, you usually need to give 28 days notice. Sometimes applications can be reviewed quicker, so do call if you have less time.

Drones/helicopters are dealt with differently. Visit our dedicated aerial filming page for more information.