Fencing a boundary on railway land

Fences and vegetation marks the boundary of our land to keep the railways safe from trespassing and vandalism. There may instances where fences are not on the legal boundary. We recommend you check with us or your local council.

Fences along the railway

Fencing varies across the network depending on the level of risk. Some of our fencing may not be suitable for keeping small animals – such as pet dogs – off the railway. Dog owners should always take extra care when around the railway.

Height of your fence

If you want to put up a fence between your property and the railway, your local council will tell you how high it can be.

Fences between your property and the railway

If there are two fences between the railway and your property we’ll only maintain the one closest to the railway.

Please check the deed of your property – it may contain an obligation for you to maintain the fence.

When we replace fences

We replace or fix a fence on the railway when:

  • It is a safety issue for the railway.

If we have to fence your boundary with the rail corridor, you may be asked to contribute to the costs of that fence.

If we have to remove plants and trees to maintain our fences, we work with conservation and environmental experts so we don’t harm native wildlife.

For more information

If you want to know more about how we look after fences along the railway, or have a problem with any of our fences, please get in touch with us.