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Safeguarding

Safeguarding is the process by which the proposed route or location of a project can be protected from conflicting development.

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 Reading in the west and Abbey Wood in the southeast.

An additional extension from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction has been safeguarded. However, there are no 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.


Safeguarding Guidance to Developers constructing near Crossrail (Elizabeth line)

The Secretary of State for Transport issued the Safeguarding Direction for Crossrail on 24 January 2008 (replacing previous directions issued in 1991, 2004 and 2005).

The Direction requires local planning authorities to consult with Crossrail Ltd regarding planning applications within the limits shown on the safeguarding plans before granting planning approval as they may conflict with the proposed route.

The existence of the Safeguarding Direction will be declared by the local planning authority in response to searches of the local Land Charges register. If the search shows you are within a safeguarded zone, please contact the Safeguarding Team for further details.

The Crossrail Line 1 Safeguarding Direction and associated plans are available to view or download below.

Planning Conditions on developments located within Safeguarding Limits may be applied to protect the Crossrail Line 1.  Generally Conditions require Developers to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority, that development proposals will not adversely impact the railway.

Published guidance to assist Developers is available to view or download below.

For guidance for Developers undertaking projects near Crossrail Line 2, please consult https://crossrail2.co.uk


Property Searches (Conveyancing)

All Crossrail related property (conveyancing) searches are now carried out by Transport for London (TfL).

For further information or to request a property search please contact the Transport for London Railway searches team.


Utility Searches (Street Works)

All Crossrail related utility searches are now carried out by Transport for London (TfL).

For further information or to request a property search please contact the Transport for London Street Works team.