Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction

A new Safeguarding Direction was issued by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14 October 2009, covering a possible future route from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction, replacing an original Direction issued on February 24, 2005.

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 Helpdesk will accept enquiries by telephone, but to reduce the possibility of errors you will be asked for a plan if you wish to know about a specific site. The team aims to respond to enquiries within five working days of receipt but it may take longer at busy times.

Telephone enquiries can be directed to the Crossrail Helpdesk on 0345 602 3813. Plans can be faxed to 020 7719 0955. The email address is

The Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction Safeguarding Direction and associated plans are available to view or download below.

Download Safeguarding Direction - Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction

Download Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction Safeguarding Directions

NB - these files may take some time to download.  If you experience any problems downloading them or if you require only individual sheets please contact the Helpdesk

Further information about the effect of the safeguarding is also available from the Helpdesk.

The Crossrail Act provides for a railway terminating at Abbey Wood in the South-East. This does not preclude a later extension further East into Kent, and land has been safeguarded to prepare for this eventuality.

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Building the new railway involves constructing eight new stations in central London and Docklands and upgrading many existing stations. Stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the west, across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the new railway will cover over 100km of track including 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnel.