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OFFICIAL 
 
 
 
 
Alan Wake 
Network Rail  
By email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx  Freedom of Information 
 
The Quadrant  
Elder Gate 
Milton Keynes  
MK9 1EN 
 
E
 xxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx  
29 January 2021 
  
  
  
  
Dear Alan Wake  
  
Information request 
Reference number: FOI2021/0001 
  
Thank you for your email of 3 January 2021, in which you have requested the following 
information: 
 
 β€œOn you website (page linked below) you state that: 

 
-   It is a criminal offence to fly a drone on, over or within 50 metres of the railway 
or within 150 metres in built up areas. 
 
-  It is a criminal offence to fly a drone on, over or within 50 metres a railway 
station or within 150 metres in built up areas. 
 
Please can you tell me where these two statements are codified into law. 

 
Please can you also clarify if these two laws have been specifically written for 

railways or if you are just reminding people about the nationwide drone rules 
regarding flying near people and/or built up areas. 
 
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/drone-safety-

and-the-law/” 
 

I have processed your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 
(FOIA). 
 
I have consulted with the relevant colleagues and I can confirm that the information you 
have referenced from our website is out of date and should have been removed. New 
regulations in relation to drones have come into place as of 1 January 2021 and we have 
now updated our webpage to reflect these changes.  
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OFFICIAL 
 
We have conducted searches but unfortunately it is not known whether the previous two 
statements (that were published on our website) were codified into law but I can confirm 
that there are no legal condiitons that back these statements at this time.  
 
There are no specific regulations that have specifically been written for railways. However, 
we are part of the National Critical Infrastructure and so any information published by 
Network Rail are guidelines and reminders about the Nationwide drone rules when flying 
near people/and/or built up areas.  
 
You can referrer to the Air Navigation Order (issued by the CAA β€“ Civil Aviation Authority) 
which has just been amended with the lasted updates for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) 
operations in the UK. Below are a few websites which you may find helpful.  
 
UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) 
Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace β€“ Guidance (caa.co.uk) 
The revised Air Navigation Order | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) 
 
I hope this response is helpful. If you have any enquiries about this response, please 
contact me in the first instance at xxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx.  Details of your appeal rights 
are below.  
 
Please remember to quote the reference number at the top of this letter in all future 
communications.  
  
Yours sincerely  
 
Najea Begum
 
Information Officer 
 
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