Jobs and growth

Rail is vital to economic growth.

Our Railway Upgrade Plan is creating jobs, growth and supporting businesses across the UK.

Network Rail employs 36,600 people directly and supports  a further 117,750 jobs across the UK through our supply chain.  We employ more than 600 apprentices and take on around 90 graduates every year.

In 2015/16, we spent £7 billion with 3,435 companies across the UK, 2,500 of which are small or medium enterprises.  99% of our Railway Upgrade Plan work is being undertaken by UK-based companies. See our supplier map below.

Network Rail spends £100 million every week improving Britain’s railway.  In addition to jobs and growth, rail investment drives development, re-generation and unlocks housing supply.  New links or stations can bring communities that have been traditionally cut off within easy reach of towns and cities.  Network Rail is releasing land so that 12,000 new homes across the UK can be built.


20% of all the UK’s new infrastructure spend is on rail infrastructure

£4 of economic benefits is returned for every £1 invested from some of Network Rail’s major projects

We buy 130,000 tonnes of steel rail annually (2015/16) - 96% is British made

216,000 people are employed by the rail industry and its supply chain, with £10.1 billion in GVA contributed to the economy each year

Freight trains deliver goods all over the UK, taking 7.6m lorries off the road every year

Supplier map

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Economic Benefits by Region