Filming nearby

Filming nearby (Asset Protection)

If you are filming on private land in close proximity to the railway line, you may need our consent as certain activities could jeopardise the safe running of the railway.

These activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Lighting, where a light source or reflection could be in view of train drivers
  • Special effects, such as rain, fog and smoke etc. which could drift on to our lines
  • Cranes, jibs etc. which are within a fall-zone of our infrastructure
  • Applying fixings to our assets, or covering signage

Permissions are issued by the relevant Route Asset Protection team.  To obtain permission for any of these activities or similar, you will initially need to complete a Development Questionnaire (downloadable below), sending it on to the relevant team copying in filming@networkrail.co.uk.  You can identify which team to approach, based on your location, from the contact map below.

Once submitted, the questionnaire will be assessed and a site visit arranged if needed.  If required, the Asset Protection team will ask you to sign a Basic Asset Protection Agreement (BAPA) where rechargeable fees will be applied - you can read more about these on Asset Protection team's dedicated page linked above.  Due to the high volume of enquiries, you usually need to provide 28 days notice, although we advise you submit a questionnaire even if you have less time as occasionally the lead-in can be reduced.

Should you have any queries on when to contact the Asset Protection team, or are unsure about what types of activities are require permission, please contact us in the first instance.

Drones/Helicopters are dealt with in a differently, so please visit our dedicated Aerial filming page for further advice.