Safeguarding is the process by which the proposed route or location of a project can be protected from conflicting development.
The Crossrail Act provides for a railway terminating at Maidenhead in the west and Abbey Wood in the South-East. This does not preclude a later extension to Reading, or from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction, and land has been safeguarded to prepare for these eventualities. However there are no current plans to extend the railway beyond the routes identified in the Crossrail Act.
The existence of a Safeguarding Direction will be declared by the local planning authority in response to searches of the local Land Charges register. Crossrail also provides a facility to identify postcodes located on the safeguarded route.
You can browse the safeguarding plans and sections for each of the four safeguarding directions by clicking the links below.