Network Rail owns and operates the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation - that’s 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. It manages 20 of the UK's largest stations itself, while all the others, over 2,500, are managed by the country’s train operating companies.
As a public sector arm’s length body, Network Rail retains the commercial and operational freedom to manage Britain’s railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland within regulatory and control frameworks.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. People depend on Britain’s railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Network Rail’s role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so it carefully manages and delivers the thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, growing and expanding the nation’s railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced – a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.