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  • Easements, wayleaves and telecoms

    We grant easements and wayleaves to statutory providers of utilities and telecom networks, and licences for commercial companies to run pipes and cables along, under or over our land

  • Our team deals with proposals for cables and pipelines for telecoms, gas, electricity and water companies, the installation of cables and masts for most major telecommunications network operators and many different facilities, including access requirements for the mining and quarrying industries.

    Your business

    The first stage will depend on the nature of your business:

    Statutory easements - gas, electricity or water

    Are you the utility network operator?

    Telecommunications

    Commercial

    Residential or non-commercial

    Before you make an application

    Before making an application you will need to consult an asset protection project manager (APPM).

    APPMs are dedicated to providing advice and support to outside parties who are planning activities that interface with the rail network in some way.

    They are also the first point of contact if you wish to carry out repairs or maintenance to any existing facility under the terms of your existing agreement.

    Meeting the needs of the railway

    Our priority is always to meet the operational and safety needs of the railway. We are very happy to accommodate our neighbours on terms that allow us to fulfill our commitments to the operational railway.

    Before we can enter into an agreement, we must consider the potential effects of your proposal on the railway infrastructure.

    The issue is one of practicality: how can we permit pipelines, cables and masts on, under or over the railway infrastructure while safeguarding the integrity of the railway. What may appear to be just a strip of land with two rail lines running along it is in fact a corridor of complex, tightly packed, high-tech communication infrastructure that cannot be disturbed.

    General enquiries

    Our Property team handles all negotiations of terms and arranges the completion of property agreements.

    You can email us on easementsandwayleaves@networkrail.co.uk

  • Key facts

    Running on, under or over the rail network are:

    • 6,500 km of telecom fibre cable
    • 603 wireless telecom installations
    • 38,000 statutory easements & wayleaves
    • 2,000 commercial easements

    For the answers to some common questions about easements, wayleaves and telecoms read our FAQs.