Freedom of information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations

As a public authority, Network Rail is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). This means that everyone has the right to ask us for any recorded information we hold and we must provide it to them where possible. There are some limited and specific exemptions but in most cases we need to release the information we hold on request.

There is no category of information or area of our organisation that is not covered by the legislation. It covers our public functions as well as our commercial activities and applies to our subsidiary companies.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we proactively publish a range of information through our publication scheme. It may be worth checking our transparency pages before you make a request, to see if the information you are looking for has already been published.

We also publish some details of previous requests via our disclosure list, so people can see what has previously been provided under FOIA and the EIR.