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  • Fences along the railway

    How we maintain the fences along the railway and what to do if there is 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 also serve as a useful deterrent to prevent trespass and vandalism.

    The fencing used varies across the network depending on the level of risk, so some of our fencing may not be suitable for keeping small animals 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 there is a problem with a fence we will either fix the fence or replace it. 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 owner - who has the responsibility for maintaining it - may be you; please check the deeds of your property as it may contain an obligation for you to maintain the fence.

    Please do not attach anything to one of our fences, including another fence, as it may be damaged if we repair or replace it.

    Fence replacement

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

    If we find a new fence is needed we will replace it with a new one of a similar size and type. We’ll only do this when it is required to keep the railway safe. We may replace it with a less secure type if it is safe to do so. Occasionally we’ll replace it with a more secure fence, particularly if trespassing, vandalism or fly-tipping are common in the area.

    Sometimes we have to remove some plants and trees so we can maintainn our fences. We work with conservation and environmental experts so we don’t harm native wildlife while we do this.

    In some areas it is not safe to replace a fence when trains are running, so we may have to wait until the next round of routine track maintenance.

    Need more information?

    If you want to know more 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:

    03457 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.