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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 Reading in the west and Abbey Wood in the South-East.

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.

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.

Safeguarding Directions

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.