Existing suppliers

We are committed to making it easier for suppliers to work with us.

Here you will find a range of information dedicated to our supply chain. From easy access to our range of digital portals and systems to information about key processes.

Supplier references

We are now supplying references for organisations within our supply chain who are bidding for overseas contracts or for an export opportunity. To find out more, please read through the supplier references process document (136 KB, PDF).

This decision has been taken to support the Rail Sector Deal – Export & Inward Investment Pillar and the government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’. If you have any queries relating to this, please contact RSC&PProcurementOperations@networkrail.co.uk. Requests should be submitted to the Employer’s Representative.

Network Rail standards

Our Network Rail standards can now be accessed free of charge on the new standards portal. Suppliers wishing to access these standards will need to register and then add the relevant standards to your order. A 100% discount will then be applied during the checkout process.

Buildings, architecture & design guidance

If you are involved in the construction or design of station buildings, you can find a range of dedicated documents, resources and guidance by visiting the buildings, architecture and design guidance page.


Find out more about the Rail SPEED (Swift, Pragmatic and Efficient Enhancement Delivery) approach to halve the time and slash the cost of project delivery, helping us provide a better service for passengers and freight users.

Access and support to our systems and portals

We want to make it easier for you to access the information and systems needed when working with Network Rail. You’ll find links to all our key systems below and information on how to get support for them.

Network Rail supplied and facilitated resources

We have arrangements to provide certain labour, materials and plant to contractors working on our infrastructure. We can provide these resources directly or through contracted suppliers as facilitated resources.

The resources available, with contact details for further information, are listed below.

Learning from lessons library

To help share knowledge across the industry, improve processes, reduce cost and speed-up the delivery of our projects, we’ve opened-up our ‘learning from lessons’ library to the entire industry. The library is an online repository of lessons, pictures, videos and documents from a wide range of projects and major programmes, including those of our delivery partners. It showcases best practice, but also highlights where we could do better so future projects can improve. You will need to register to request access to the learning from lessons library and complete a short training session if you want to upload content.

Fair payment charter

Network Rail is committed to being transparent about paying you on time and we expect prompt payments to flow down the supply chain likewise. The Network Rail fair payment charter has been signed by many of our biggest tier one suppliers and commits to making faster payments to subcontractors.  

View the fair payment charter

Payment issues for sub-contractors

If you are a supplier to a supplier of Network Rail and feel you are not being treated fairly by our primary contractors in terms of payment, please let us know through the request form below. We’ll endeavour to help.

Standards challenge

We are encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to our standards. We’re transforming, making it easier for other organisations to invest in, and build on the railway.

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