Newport station transformed at night

Information for funders

Third parties have a big role in improving the railway

Network Rail is the principal point of contact for customers and stakeholders wishing to invest in the rail network infrastructure. This might include building on one of our managed stations, or other property sites, or changing rail infrastructure to deliver a specified benefit.

Your proposals are welcomed

We work proactively with customers and stakeholders to develop their ideas for enhancing the network.

We also need to manage potential risks to the operational railway and therefore must balance the proposed network enhancements against our current operational business and existing customer and stakeholder requirements.

The earlier that we’re involved in the development of a project, the greater focus we can give to influencing its scope and facilitating its delivery. This will make the proposal more likely to be compatible with our existing obligations, and can also add value to the proposed output by providing a robust assessment of any interface risks with our existing operation, maintenance and renewal activities, as well as understanding how the proposal fits with our long-term plans.

Third-party enhancements that we’re involved with range from small improvements to a station forecourt, to schemes of national importance such as the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme.

Read our Investment in Stations 2017 booklet (PDF)

Who are our customers and stakeholders?

Our customers and stakeholders include Transport Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government, Transport for London, Passenger Transport Executives, Regional Transport Partnerships, local authorities, developers, promoters of freight enhancements, port operators and passenger train operators, among others.