WRCCA Strategy

What is the WRCCA Strategy?

The Weather Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation (WRCCA) Strategy is designed to help Network Rail achieve its vision of ‘A better railway for a better Britain’. The Strategy will achieve this by ensuring that we have ‘A railway that is safe and more resilient to the effects of weather, now and in the future’.

The Strategy will improve our understanding of the impacts of weather on our assets today and how they will change in the future. It will embed the consideration of these impacts into our daily activities making weather resilience and climate change adaptation consideration business as usual.

Successful implementation will mean that: our assets will be better able to withstand the impact of current and future weather events, and able to recover more rapidly when they occur. This will lead to: improved safety and performance under adverse and extreme weather conditions; reduced costs due to compensation and repairs; and, enhance our reputation as a reliable service.

How is the Strategy delivered?

Delivery of the Strategy focusses on the organisational processes such as governance, engagement and monitoring as well as four core pillars of activity as illustrated below.

All four pillars integrate to deliver the final outcome of the Strategy. Analysing the risks and costs of weather events and climate change will improve our understanding of them, and allow us to integrate their consideration into business as usual. It will also enable better streamlining of operational weather management, and proactive investment. This will make WRCCA consideration business as usual.

Although STE will steer the implementation of the Strategy, achieving its outcomes will require collaboration across Network Rail, and beyond. This will include the teams involved in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of our assets, and external bodies such as ORR, DfT, Defra, Environment Agency, and Transport for London, Highways England, utilities etc.

A key part of delivering the Strategy will be the implementation of the updated Route Weather Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Plans. See the Route-specific pages on the WRCCA homepage for further detail.


Implementing the WRCCA Strategy successfully requires us to embed the consideration of weather and climate impacts into our thinking and culture as well as our asset design, construction, operation and maintenance processes and procedures. This will be a transformation of the way work.

The actions, knowledge generation and the culture changes that will be required to successfully implement the WRCCA Strategy have been distilled into 6 core principles that have been approved by the Network Rail Executive Team (below).

The full text of the Strategy is attached in the side-bar of this page.

Key contacts:

For general enquiries, or Route contact details, please email sustainabledevelopment@networkrail.co.uk.

For specific enquiries, please click on the relevant Central contact below.

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