Explore the hidden side of Network Rail
We think you’ll be surprised at just how diverse our organisation really is. Because while we own, manage and develop Britain’s railway – that’s 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and thousands of signals and level crossings – there’s a whole lot more to us than rail alone.
Beyond the railway
What you probably didn’t know is that we’re Britain’s largest provider of commercial space for small to medium-sized businesses – over the last five years, our commercial property activities have generated £1.3bn, all of which is being reinvested back into rail. We run 18 of the biggest, busiest stations in the country. And whether we’re creating new space for retailers or undertaking massive redevelopments (the new concourse at London Bridge will be as big as the pitch at Wembley), we’re finding ways to make those stations destinations in their own right. And it doesn’t end there. We have our own start-up, an app store, a dedicated recycling centre and technology that’s truly ground- breaking – our New Measurement Train takes crystal clear photos of the tracks at speeds of 125mph (and that’s just one example). We run pioneering safety initiatives, we have our own virtual archive and we’re constantly innovating – last year, we began trialling a new, battery-powered train that could lead to greener, quieter and more cost-effective journeys for millions.
Put simply, the scope of our work is vast. And that means unlimited opportunities for your career.
Work that touches on the whole nation
To give you a sense of scale, we operate in all but four of the 632 parliamentary constituencies in Britain. One third of the population lives within 0.5km of a railway line. And by investing in our infrastructure and regenerating our stations, we’re helping to rejuvenate entire communities.
'The transformation of King’s Cross is not only beautiful but it has also triggered all sorts of regeneration, with new jobs, huge numbers of homes being built and businesses relocating here. What has emerged is a fantastic open space which has led to the creation of a whole new vibrant district. It is the perfect example of a point I have always made, if you support good transport links the jobs and growth will follow.' - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
With us, the possibilities to shape the future and change things for the better are endless.