We are responsible for the management of the operational Railway infrastructure. There are many stakeholders involved – people and companies that rely upon us to ensure that trains run safely, punctually and reliably.
So if any proposed engineering works might affect the railway then we have to carry out a full consultation with all our stakeholders. This takes time and money but is an essential process.
If you are a utility network operator requiring a utility network wayleave, we already have an agreed arrangement for payment, which your company knows about.
If you are a commercial company or organisation requiring an easement for business purposes, the cost will depend upon the circumstances. When we have all the details and clearance has been approved, we carry out a professional valuation and then discuss this and other terms of the necessary easement agreement.
A wayleave or easement agreement provides the legal right for another party to lay and maintain facilities (pipes, cables etc) on our land. This can stay in place for a fixed term or for as long as the facilities need to remain in place.
Due to careful planning, design and safety supervision our engineers often require the applicant to complete a basic asset protection agreement (BAPA). This ensures all design, engineering and safety aspects are in place before any works can start.
To ensure proposals are dealt with as efficiently as possible, both the Easements (property) and engineering (BAPA) arrangements can be processed at the same time. It is common for the easement to be completed first, once the planned works start date is known.
No, Rail site no longer has rights to install masts on our estate.
A commercial evaluation will be carried out for each new application. Rents will be at open market levels.
In most instances, yes, but this is subject to availability.
No, generally a commercial evaluation will be carried out for each new application.
There is no generic guidance on this issue. You are advised to contact our Asset Protection Team to discuss your requirements in more detail.