Network Rail’s helicopter and crew spend most of their time flying over the country’s 20,000 miles of railway, looking for potential faults with track and electrical equipment or alerting local team to trees brought down in high winds. This summer, the helicopter has also been helping keep the South East’s railway running smoothly by looking for trespassers and other criminals on the tracks.
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Network Rail South East Route manages the 2,000 miles of railway from London Victoria, Charing Cross, London Bridge, St Pancras and Cannon Street into South London, Kent, Sussex, and Surrey. A quarter of all the trains in the country run on our route, with more than 5,100 services every weekday (1.8m in total last year). More than 510m people travel with us every year and we employ more than 3,000 staff to keep them moving. Train operators in the region are Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway, Eurostar and London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL).
Latest news for this region
School minibus and bus among more than 100 vehicles captured by new level crossing red light enforcement camera in West Sussex village - VIDEO
More than 60 motorists have been caught risking their lives ignoring warning lights at Yapton level crossing, West Sussex, in the red light enforcement camera’s first month of operation.
New railway footbridge over Brighton Main Line in Salfords, Surrey, to improve safety for pedestrians
Crossing the busy Brighton Main Line at Dean Farm, near Salfords, is soon to be much safer for pedestrians as Network Rail begins work to build a new footbridge and remove the outdated footpath level crossing currently in use.
Stunning aerial photography shows central London stations affected by major railway upgrade work in August
Pictures taken from the Network Rail helicopter show the tracks and stations in the South East that will be the focus of major improvement work – and closures – this August.
Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme has won two coveted gold awards as part of a national campaign to find the most caring companies.
VIDEO: New technology introduced as near misses involving children at South East level crossings expected to rise over the summer holidays
New figures from Network Rail reveal that young people are more likely to have a near miss at a level crossing during the summer, when lighter nights and the summer holidays mean they will be outdoors for longer.
Johnny Cash sang “Is her destination Victoria station? Where the trains go out and the trains come in.”
Passengers in the South East reminded to plan ahead this August and early September as Network Rail carries out major improvement work as part of the Thameslink Programme
Passengers in Kent, Sussex and south east London are urged to plan ahead for this summer, when major track and signalling work will take place over the August 2017 Bank Holiday weekend and the four working days after.
Villagers from Chartham, near Canterbury, are able to use their main road again after Network Rail fitted new crossing gates this week.
Suicide prevention measures put in place as part of the partnership between Samaritans, Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and the wider rail industry are continuing to reduce deaths on the railway.