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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. Land has been Safeguarded and Transport for London, in conjunction with The Department for Transport, confirmed in March 2014 that an extension to Reading will form part of the Crossrail route.

An additional extension from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction, has been safeguarded however there are no current plans to extend the railway beyond the route currently identified.

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.

If the search shows you are within a safeguarded zone, please contact the Crossrail Helpdesk for further details, or fill in our property search form.  

You can browse the safeguarding plans and sections for each of the four safeguarding directions by clicking the links below.


Changes to the Chelsea Hackney line Safeguarding Direction

Following consultation, the Secretary of State issued new Safeguarding Directions on
24 March 2015 which have replaced the 2008 Directions* and changed the name from Chelsea Hackney line to Crossrail 2. 

At the same time responsibility for the administration of the Directions transferred from Crossrail Limited to Transport for London.

More information about Crossrail 2, including the safeguarded alignment, can be found at:

The Crossrail 2 safeguarding plans can be viewed at:

For Crossrail 2 safeguarding enquiries please contact:
Tel:     0343 222 0055

*The Secretary of State for Transport issued the Safeguarding Directions for the Chelsea Hackney line which came into force on 30 June 2008 replacing an original Direction issued in 1991.