About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain’s railway infrastructure; that’s 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We manage 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are managed by the country’s train operating companies.
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. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand 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.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.
Therefore, the railway is crucial to Britain’s prosperity. It connects people with jobs, goods with markets, and stimulates new housing and economic growth. The railways are the economic arteries of the nation. We run the safest major railway in Europe. At the same time, Britain’s railway is Europe’s fastest growing, with the number of rail journeys doubling in the last 20 years and forecast to increase by another 40% by 2040. It is a growing industry, which offers not only prosperity and connectivity at home, but opens export opportunities for British business overseas.
Through our Railway Upgrade Plan, we are delivering £130m of improvements every week. Working in partnership as one railway, alongside the Government and industry, we are making a £50bn investment, spreading opportunity across the country. This means more trains, and services that are faster, more reliable and more comfortable. This is the biggest and most ambitious upgrade the network has ever seen in over 150 years, and our great people are delivering it.