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Statutory utilities guidance

Guidelines for the requirements and application process for wayleaves

When is a wayleave not required?

When the supply is for Network Rail’s own requirements. If the supply is for our own requirements a wayleave agreement is not required. The proposal will be covered by a Supply Agreement (which will not constitute a wayleave) and will be completed by the scheme’s project manager.

When the supply is for the benefit of our premises

A wayleave is not required where a utility supply is to be laid across our property for the benefit of our own premises, provided that the supply is:

  • solely for our direct use, or
  • for the use of a single occupier (e.g. a tenant, TOC or contractor) and they are billed directly or sub-metered and off-charged by us, or
  • for the use of multiple occupiers and they are sub-metered and off-charged by us.

In these cases the project manager concerned should seek clearance for the works and arrange for a supply agreement to be completed with the relevant electricity company. You should, however, continue to liaise with the department who requested the supply to arrange the timing and method of installation, giving details of works proposals direct to the asset protection engineers.

If you are carrying out works in relation to the NRSWA

If you are carrying out works in a public highway that crosses under or over our land then you must serve notice of your intention to carry out works in accordance with the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 (NRSWA) and gives details of works proposals direct to the asset protection engineers.

When is a wayleave required?

A wayleave agreement needs to be completed if the cable or other equipment actually forms part of the local electricity distribution network or is for multiple occupiers who will be metered directly from the mains supply.

How to apply

Before submitting your application, you must consult our asset protection engineers well in advance to arrange a feasibility study.

Once you have done this, email the following to easementsandwayleaves@networkrail.co.uk:

  • a completed Schedule of Minimum Information
  • a brief summary of the scheme
  • a scaled, OS referenced, plan highlighting the extent of the proposed wayleave or easement.

All applications are subject to a consultation process (aka “clearance”), which will take around six weeks to complete. We will issue agreements once your application has been approved.

We are unable to process applications without a full set of information.


We will advise you of our current costs for processing applications and completing agreements.

These will include the (non-refundable) cost of administering clearance and, if approved, the cost of preparing and completing the agreement.

You will also be responsible for our engineering costs associated with the installation of the works, including those for site safety supervision. This aspect of the application will be addressed directly by the appropriate engineer.