An industry-first

Network Rail’s Organisational Licence first launched in May 2022, following a successful pilot scheme on the Midland Main Line in 2021. Read more about the pilot scheme here. Network Rail’s scheme is one of the first of its kind to offer a ‘district-style’ licensing approach across an entire strategic infrastructure region, allowing any rail-related project quick and easy access to newt licensing.

Since the Licence was granted, rail-related projects have been authorised to use the Licence in Network Rail’s Eastern and Southern Regions, allowing vital rail works to continue while improving conservation outcomes for great crested newts. There is no need for a newt survey or a planning application – authorisation under the Licence can be issued directly by Network Rail on a project-by-project basis.

The Organisational Licence covers all of Network Rail’s needs, from planned maintenance to emergency engineering works. The Licence is also fully accessible to sub-contractors working under Network Rail, with the same time and cost savings guaranteed.