Our role

Our vision is a better railway for a better Britain

The railway is at the heart of a successful Britain. It connects people – with friends and family, and with jobs, underpinning a thriving economy.

It’s our role at Network Rail to provide the best possible service to everyone who relies on the railway – passengers, the train and freight operating companies and businesses nationwide.

For us, this means delivering a safer, more reliable railway, with greater capacity and efficiency than ever before. A railway that connects more people to more places, safely and quickly, and a solid, future-proof foundation for continued growth in the British economy.

Delivering our vision

What we do

When people hear the name ‘Network Rail’ they often think of trains – but we own, operate and develop Britain’s railway – 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. 

We’re also responsible for devising the national rail timetable.

What we don't do

  • We don’t own or run passenger trains – this is the remit of train operating companies.
  • We don’t own or run freight trains – this is the remit of freight operating companies.
  • We don’t set ticket prices – this is also done by the train operating companies, subject to government policy on regulated fares such as season tickets.

Find out more about how we run the railway, or how we’re delivering the most ambitious improvement programme in the modern era.