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  • Fences along the railway

    Find out how we maintain the fences along the railway and what to do if you have a problem with one of our fences

  • We use fences, and natural screens such as thorny shrubs, to mark the boundary of our land. They can also serve as a useful deterrent to keep the railways safe from trespassing and vandalism.

    We work hard to keep them safe by making sure our fences are in good condition and are suitable for deterring people and animals from getting onto the tracks.

    However fencing varies across the network depending on the level of risk; so some of our fencing may not be suitable for keeping small animals – such as pet dogs – off of the railway. Dog owners should always take extra care when in the vicinity of the railway.

    Fences between your property and the railway

    If you’ve got a problem with a fence along the railway, we may replace or fix the fence.

    We’ll only do this where we have responsibility for the fence and where not replacing it would jeopardise the safety of the railway.

    So if there are two fences between the railway and your property we’ll only maintain the one closest to the railway.

    Where your property is separated from the railway by just one fence, the ownership – and the responsibility to maintain it – can vary.

    Please check the deeds of your property – it may contain an obligation for you to maintain the fence.

    When we replace fences

    If a fence is showing signs of age and fatigue, we’ll investigate and assess it.

    If we find a new or better one is needed we will replace it with a new one of a similar size and type. We’ll only do this when it’s necessary to keep the railway safe.

    Occasionally we’ll build a more secure fence, particularly if trespassing and vandalism are common in the area.

    Sometimes we’ll also have to remove some plants and trees so we can carry out maintenance work on our fences.

    We work with conservation and environmental experts so we don’t harm native wildlife while we do this.

    Need more information?

    If you want to know more about how we look after the fences along the railway, or have a problem with any of our fences, please get in touch with us.

  • Contact us

    If you have a concern or question, call our 24-hour helpline:

    08457 11 41 41

    or contact us online

  • Types of fences on the railway

    Chainlink fence

    Medium security: includes chain-link fences, sometimes include barbed wire along the top to prevent people climbing onto the tracks.

    Palisade-type fence

    Palisade: high-security barriers used in areas with high levels of railway crime.

    Post and wire fence

    Post and wire: used to prevent animals straying onto the tracks and to separate the railway from public highways.

    Hedging or natural fence made from vegetation

    Vegetation: plants and trees are used to create a natural boundary.