Creating exceptional places for passengers, businesses and communities

Network Rail Property is the commercial division of the organisation accountable for the management of all of Network Rail’s land and property assets. We create exceptional spaces which provide passengers with great environments to eat, drink, shop and relax as well as allowing businesses to thrive.

Important information – Coronavirus

Our staff are working hard to keep critical workers and vital supplies moving across Britain; please help keep them and yourselves safe by only travelling by train if there’s no other way to travel.

Visit our coronavirus travel advice page for more information.


We are working hard to safely reopen retail units in all of our stations. We hope to have all of your favourites available soon, but we will only reopen units when we are able to make sure we can adhere to social distancing guidance from the government. Our priority continues to be the safety of our passengers and retailer teams.

About Network Rail Property

Network Rail Property generates over £200m each year, which is reinvested back into the railway to create a better railway for Britain.

Across our six business units, we specialise in commercial lettings in our stations and arch portfolio, property and land development, property services, planning and mapping supporting the rail industry and workplace management responsible for the corporate office accommodation.

We have substantial growth and development plans in the coming years, supported by three strategic priorities:

  • to significantly grow our income
  • provide high-quality professional services to reduce industry costs
  • delight our customers by putting them at the heart of everything we do

Spotlight Magazine

Spotlight magazine is a new publication for all tenants across the Network Rail property Estate. The aim is to celebrate the rich and diverse mix of businesses and support growth by sharing best practice across the industry.

Our six business units

We manage the retail portfolio for 19 of Britain’s biggest and busiest stations, used by over 850 million people every year. Our aim is to provide passengers with unique and desirable places to eat, drink, shop and relax whilst travelling or spending time in one of our major city locations.

The Retail team also manage all the commercial contacts for advertising, car parks in stations and commercial filming requests.

Retail in our stations

The Commercial Estate team at Network Rail manage a portfolio of over 2,800 small to medium-sized business spaces across the UK. We work hard to support our tenants and prospective tenants to deliver creative and innovative businesses.

Network Rail sold approximately 5,000 business spaces from the portfolio in 2019. Read more about the sale.

Rent property

The Development team work closely with local authorities and developers across Britain to regenerate and enhance land and property owned by the organisation. This includes releasing land for residential developments, enhancing stations and transport facilities to help regenerate local communities.

Developing our portfolio

The Property Services team manage all requests to rent, buy or access Network Rail’s other land assets. This includes: garden and amenity land, temporary right of access, our freight portfolio and easement, wayleaves and telecoms.

Rent property / Buy property

Delivering rail investment projects requires an in-depth understanding of the land surrounding our railway. The process to unlock this information can be complicated, involving local authorities, heritage bodies and any others with an interest in the railway and surrounding land.

The Planning and Land Services team provides this expertise. With our in-depth knowledge of the railway, town planning and geomatics, we deliver the permissions and consents needed to support and progress major national projects and rail investment schemes. We are a key advisory service and we offer: bespoke mapping, building and topographical surveys, strategic planning and asset management, among many other services.

We provide corporate office accommodation for the central functions and are responsible for managing the national facilities related contracts for all workplaces. We are also the single point of contact with the Government Property Agency for all accommodation matters including compliance and benchmarking against other government departments. Our aim is to design and provide creative and sustainable workspaces that enable our staff to work flexibly and collaboratively.

Further information about what’s on offer

Rent property

Network Rail has a fantastic portfolio of properties to rent in the Britain from station retail, to railway arches and freight sites.

Buy property

If you are interested in buying Network Rail owned property, this section explains the process to purchase land approved for sale.

Film on our property

We manage a high volume of filming enquiries for a large variety of projects all across our network. Depending on the nature of the production or shoot, contact needs to be made to us through one of the relevant teams.

Retail in our stations

Creating vibrant retail destinations for the 850 million people travelling through our stations every year.

Developing our portfolio

We have been releasing land for development for over a decade through successful partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver for the railway and for Britain.

Advertising on our property

With over 850 million passengers passing through our managed stations every year and 22 million railway neighbours, our properties offer a unique opportunity to reach a huge audience.

Join the team

People are at the core of our success, with our six different divisions to choose from, you’ll be contributing to making a better railway for a better Britain.

Media Centre

The latest press releases, images and videos for broadcast and publication.

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