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How we maintain our fencing

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 we use varies across the network depending on the level of risk, so some of it 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

We’re responsible for the fencing that’s closest to the railway only. If there’s a problem with our fencing 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 safety.

If 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.

Please don’t attach anything to our fencing, including another fence, as it may be damaged if we need to repair or replace it.

What to do if there’s a problem

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

We’ll repair the fence if we can do so to a safe standard. 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. Occasionally we’ll replace it with more secure fencing, particularly if trespassing, vandalism or fly-tipping are common in the area. Similarly, we may replace it with a less secure type if it’s safe to do so.

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

In some areas it’s not safe to replace fencing when trains are running, so we may have to carry out the repairs as part of the next scheduled track maintenance.

If you need to know more or have a problem with any of our fences, please get in touch.

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