Buying Network Rail land
If you are interested in buying a site or property from Network Rail that has not already been approved for sale, the following process will apply:
There are two stages of consultation:
- An internal consultation provides all key stakeholders the opportunity to determine if the property or site is currently utilised, or has a foreseeable use as part of the railway. If the land is required, then approval to dispose (to sell) will not be granted.
- There is also an external consultation process with final approval sought from the Office of Road and Rail. There is no guarantee that approval will be granted on any application.
How long does a sale take? It is anticipated that a typical sale including the consultation process, valuation of the property and legal transfer will take a minimum of six months to complete.
Prospective purchasers will be required to pay Network Rail’s costs. Minimum fees (plus VAT)* are expected to be:
- consultation fees £1,500
- surveyor fees £1,500
- valuation fees £2,500
- legal fees £1,500
*Costs provided are for guidance only. Actual costs may vary.
Find out more
If you are interested in purchasing land from Network Rail please download and complete an application form and send it to the relevant contact, see below:
- Scotland: firstname.lastname@example.org
- LNE and East Midlands: propertyservicesLNEEM@networkrail.co.uk
- Wales: email@example.com
- Western: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Southern (Wessex, Sussex, Kent): SouthernRegion-Sales@networkrail.co.uk