Railway Track Surveys

One of the largest railway surveying firms in the UK working on the nation’s railway infrastructure 365 days a year, we work directly for Network Rail as well as for a broad range of both Tier One and Tier Two contractors.


Railway Track Surveys

With over 200 years combined experience of railway track measurement, we’ve built an enviable and well-deserved reputation as experts in our field based upon the experience and technical knowledge of our personnel as well as the precision and reliability of our deliverables.

From plain line to S&C, our highly-skilled team possesses the capability and experience to complete any track survey regardless of size or complexity. One of only a handful of survey firms that can truly call themselves rail specialists, City Surveys are also one of only two in the UK to hold the coveted Network Rail Principal Contractor’s Licence.


Our dedicated Rail Department is headed up by our Managing Director, Richard Furlong. A railway surveyor and technical engineer with over 20 years of experience surveying, maintaining and installing the nations’ railway infrastructure, Richard leads a team of seasoned project managers, all of whom also have 20+ years’ experience in the same field.

This management team controls a workforce of over 40 professional railway track surveyors, all PTS qualified and all backed up by an office team of SSOW and Possession Planners, Resource and Delivery Managers and HSQE and Rail Coordinators, delivering much needed support, safety and compliance services.

Working primarily on the Network Rail infrastructure, a number of our team are also qualified to work on both London Underground (LUL) and Docklands Light Railway environments with all teams backed up, where necessary, by our in-house COSS and Lookout personnel.

Nationwide coverage

One of the largest firms of our type, we operate throughout the UK delivering measurement and engineering services across a range of sectors.

Proven track record

Every year we deliver hundreds of projects on time and on budget to a loyal client base. Over 70% of our work is based upon repeat business.

We save you money

By working harder, longer and more intelligently, over the years we’ve actually saved our clients millions in unnecessary costs and delays.

Honest, transparent pricing

The price we quote is the price you pay. If your brief is accurate and the scope remains the same there will be no additional costs whatsoever.

Training and technology

We’re constantly investing in the latest technology, training, software and systems. Our equipment and people are at the top of their game.

Fast, efficient service

Our business is based around service quality, flexibility and speed. We work with you to deliver the results you need, when you need them.


By combining highly-trained personnel with the very latest in rail track survey equipment, we ensure maximum productivity whilst maintaining accuracy and safety in the process. From cutting-edge track measuring devices (TMD – otherwise known as track measurement trolleys) to robotic total stations and precision laser-scanning instruments, our fleet of surveying equipment undergoes constant investment. Regularly updated, maintained and added to, our fleet is amongst the most modern and advanced in the UK.

By combining the very latest advancements in measurement technology with tried and tested methodologies it’s often possible to obtain vital information remotely, carrying out railway track surveys without the need to physically gain access to Network Rail land. Not only does this deliver significant savings in terms of both time and cost, these methods of working naturally deliver significant safety benefits, minimising the requirement for track access and closures whilst reducing the need for safety critical staff in the process.

Get in touch

Whether you’d like to discuss a project, request a quote or would simply like more information on our railway track surveying capabilities, we’d love to hear from you. Please send a message via our contact form or call 0330 024 4988. A member of our team will be happy to help.

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