In the news this week

Network Rail is always in the news.

Catering for 4.5m rail journeys every single day, while simultaneously delivering an ambitious, multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan focused on renewing and upgrading 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts, thousands of signalslevel crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run), means we have a wide-reaching impact and the work we do is extremely newsworthy. 

Every week, we'll highlight just a few of those interesting news stories.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Vegetation Management

The Guardian looks at Network Rail’s vegetation management work, suggesting that millions of trees are at risk in a “secretive” nationwide felling operation launched by Network Rail. We responded with a letter that the paper published on Wednesday, addressing a number of issues – most importantly emphasising that no such new or secretive tree-cutting programme exists, and that we make our policies public in an open and transparent way and work with environmental organisations to help us get it right when we do have to take action.

24 Hour Trains

In an interview with The Times, Network Rail Chief executive Mark Carne discussed a number of topics, including the feasibility of running 24 hour trains.

I have to be prepared for that and that’s why we’re thinking today about what they would look like. It comes back to the theme of looking one step ahead so that you’re not caught out.”

Mark Carne

Spy in the sky helps ageing railways to stay on track - The Times

The Times highlights our fleet of inspection trains and air ops teams and the work we are doing to spot faults before they occur. Chief executive Mark Carne said: "It is about intervening and going in and fixing it before it becomes a problem."

May Bank Holiday works

The Daily TelegraphDaily MailSun and Independent remind their readers of the travel disruption they could face this bank holiday weekend across rail, road and air.  Find out more at

And finally…

See what we’ve been up to this week in our Week on the Network video. Catch up on past and future episodes on our YouTube channel.