Buying our land

Buying a site or property from us

All Network Rail land is classed as operational estate. We are unable to dispose of any land or property that has not been operationally approved for sale.

If you are interested in buying a site or property that has not been operationally approved for sale, the following process will apply.

Consultation

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.

To find out more, please visit the Office of Road and Rail website.

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.

Costs

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:

Property contacts