Railway Track Monitoring

With the UK’s rail network undergoing its most significant period of development since the 1800s, now more than ever the importance of regular and frequent track monitoring has come to the fore.


Railway Track Monitoring

Seemingly minor changes in track geometry can conceivably have disastrous consequences for the public with routine maintenance, construction and environmental conditions having the ability to severely affect the safe running of the railway.

Using a combination of manned target monitoring, remote track monitoring systems and top and line surveys, our technicians help preserve track safety by monitoring for undue cant, twist and settlement. Not usually necessary under normal conditions, these techniques are generally employed when construction activities or environmental conditions may affect the stability of the tracks.

Working to Network Rail Standard NR/BS/LI/045, City Surveys’ monitoring engineers deliver track monitoring services almost every working day to a range of valued clients from Colas Rail and May Gurney to Stobart Rail, BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall.

From custom-made aluminium targets paired with one-second total stations to fully automated, remote monitoring systems feeding back data in real time, our dedicated track monitoring systems deliver reliable, precision measurement data direct to stakeholders, thereby ensuring the continued operation of the railway.

Professional, friendly staff

We pride ourselves on the professionalism and courtesy of our staff. We guarantee to treat all stakeholders as we would like to be treated.

‘One stop shop’ approach

One of the most diverse organisations of its type, we deliver a truly surprising but complementary range of services to support all stages of your project.

First class customer service

From the moment you get in touch to the second your deliverables land, we promise to communicate with your team promptly, politely and proactively.

Sustainable and considerate

We promise to respect and give back to the communities and environments in which we work, sourcing both materials and personnel responsibly.

Nationwide coverage

One of the leading firms of our type, we operate throughout the UK delivering a truly diverse range of services across a wide variety 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 training, technology, software and systems. Our equipment and people are at the top of their game.

Fast, efficient delivery

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


All monitoring projects depend on a stable monitoring location. We build concrete pillars where possible. Our survey system checks the position of this survey station prior to each set of monitoring readings and makes use of the updated geospatial position; thus an unstable monitoring point will still produce good results:

  • Stable monitoring pillars contracted to minimise errors
  • 24 hours a day track monitoring (two or three surveyors working in rotation)
  • Hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or ad hoc measurements
  • Real time automated solutions available
  • Using latest Trimble S8 magdrive robotic total stations for accuracy and efficiency

Monitoring visits are manned by surveyors with systems set up to provide checks on potential observational errors – making sure false alarms are not raised. We are well aware of the speed restriction / line blocking implications of track movement.


Regardless of the type of deliverable provided (spreadsheet, online representations etc.) the following data would always be provided…

  • Real time movement reports
  • Onsite spreadsheet analysis (X, Y, Z changes)
  • 3D DXF of rail alignment changes
  • Isopachyte contours for surface deviations (in ‘mm’ or ‘m’ depending on areas covered)
  • 3D scan clouds for complex surfaces

Whilst track monitoring results are automatically emailed to all stakeholders as required, results and other relevant documentation are also uploaded to our fully secure, encrypted monitoring portal. Each stakeholder has their own unique access details providing access to a range of files and permissions tailored to their specific role. Track monitoring results are searchable by site, date and time with all files downloadable direct to their desktops and saved for the project’s duration.

Get in touch

For more information on our railway track monitoring services, to request a quote or to discuss a specific project, please get in touch. You can send a message via the contact form below or, alternatively, call us on 0330 024 4988. A member of our team will be happy to assist.


City Surveys are proud to have worked with a wide range of clients in varying sectors. Here are just some of the names we have successfully helped. If you have a potential project you think we can assist with please get in touch.