Asset Protection and Optimisation

Asset Protection and Optimisation teams (ASPRO) provide expert railway assistance and support to the public who are planning activities on or near the railway.

Working by the railway?

The rail network is divided into a number of geographical routes and High Speed 1. If you are planning on doing any work near the railway please contact your local ASPRO team who are your gateway to supporting you in delivering your work safely.

Working near the railway can be a dangerous environment and we are in a position to help you navigate the risks. Network Rail is committed to safety so we want to help you deliver your works safely and securely.

To help you achieve your time frames please contact us as early as possible in your planning process, this will enable us to best support you in delivering successfully.

The ASPRO teams can help you with a multitude of works including:

  • construction sites near the railway
  • utility works (water, electric, gas, cabling etc.)
  • radio transmitters
  • bridge works
  • domestic maintenance (e.g. roof, scaffolding, building repair and maintenance)
  • new road schemes
  • inspection and surveying
  • works within the designated precautionary area of level crossings
  • domestic related projects (e.g. house extension) under domestic maintenance (e.g. roof, scaffolding, building repair and maintenance)

ASPRO do not deal with emergency works. For emergencies, contact:

There are other specialist teams within Network Rail that cover the areas listed below:

Managing risk to the network

Working by the railway can be both a risk to your works and our infrastructure. We are keen to work in collaboration with all our customers and lineside neighbours to safeguard you and the railway.

We’ve looked at 41 separate categories of risk that could cause problems, delays or extra cost to a project on the railway and analysed where Network Rail can take ownership of that risk, or made it clear who will cover it. An ‘industry risk fund’ has been established to enable Network Rail to take the risk and fund liabilities when projects encounter certain unforeseen industry related problems. The default risk allocation table is available from our downloads for third parties page and details each potential risk and who is responsible for it – Network Rail, the industry risk fund, the sponsoring customer or the enhancement contractor.

Our ASPRO teams advise on the potential impact of different kinds of work including construction, maintenance and work near level crossings. They can visit you on site and give advice at meetings.

Open for Business

We are making it easier for other organisations to invest in and build on the railway. As part of the Open for Business programme, we are reviewing and amending our standards, practices and approach to risk management, streamlining processes to make it easier to work with us. Reforms to our ASPRO organisation so far include: new leadership roles, a national framework, service level commitments, customer satisfaction surveys and risk clarification.

External parties we work with

How to notify us of third party/outside party works

Please complete the questionnaire below and send to your local ASPRO team. Once we have received your questionnaire, we aim to provide an initial response within five working days.

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