Intelligent Infrastructure

Intelligent Infrastructure is a digital transformation programme focused on improving asset management and helping maintenance become proactive rather than reactive.    

We’re using technology to turn data into intelligent information so front line and supporting teams can work safely, smarter, and seamlessly. A range of easy-to-use online applications will provide our teams with the right information at the right time, making it easier to deliver improved services for passengers and freight customers. 

Watch this short video to understand how the programme is using technology to create a safe, reliable, and affordable railway.  

How is the Intelligent Infrastructure programme achieving this?

The II programme is using technology to create apps that turn data into intelligence, helping our teams to move towards a more proactive maintenance approach, fixing the network before it breaks to avoid delays and speed restrictions. 

A holistic view of the railway to help teams identify the root cause of common issues.

Easy to use apps with interactive maps and aerial survey imagery to support evidence-based decision making and help out teams work smarter.  

Centralised databases giving teams transparency to plan what, where and when to act. 

What are the benefits of the Intelligent Infrastructure programme for passengers?

The II Programme presents a ‘big picture’ view of how everything within the network is related and allows us to be better at stopping faults that can cause delays.


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With improved visibility of what, where and when assets need repairing, teams can better plan maintenance work and reduce the number of potentially dangerous failures.


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Turning data into intelligent information helps maintenance teams move towards more proactive ways of working. Allowing them to plan work when the network is quieter and fix faults before they happen. If faults don’t materialise, they don’t delay trains, and services are more reliable all round. 


Teams can use technology to make value-based decisions to better manage our ageing infrastructure and optimise our limited resources. Customers benefit through value for money services.

See what we’re delivering

These new tools and capability will allow colleagues to carry out ‘predict and prevent’ maintenance and introduce more effective workload planning.

Watch this video to see how engineers are using the ‘insight’ web app to save time and money.

Patent pending for insight

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited has applied for patents in the following countries;

United Kingdom

Patent Application No. 2210333.7 for the ‘Prediction of cyclic top events’
Application lodged by; Network Rail Infrastructure Limited


As of 3rd July 2023 we are confirming we have filed an International patent application claiming priority from Patent Application No. 2210333.7 filed 14 July 2022.

The application has been assigned International Patent Application No. PCT/GB2023/051742 and filing date 3 July 2023.

United States of America

Patent Application No. US17/877,068 for ‘Mutual Alignment of Rail Geometry Measurements’
Application lodged by; Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

For further information, please see the relevant patent offices for each particular country.

Note: This page will be consistently updated to reflect accurately all of our patents and their relevant status.

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