Chelsea Hackney line

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

Subsequently, Transport for London (TfL), on behalf of the Department for Transport, has reviewed whether the safeguarded Chelsea Hackney alignment is the most appropriate route. The project is now referred to as Crossrail 2.

In the summer of 2013, TfL and Network Rail ran a consultation to seek the views of people in London and south east England on Crossrail 2. Two route options were consulted on: the metro and regional options. Nearly 14,000 responses were received, with significant support for the project. More than 80 per cent of the responses supported the regional option, which would involve a new underground tunnel being built between Wimbledon and Alexandra Palace, connecting to the existing National Rail Network.

Since then TfL and Network Rail have been working on potential route alignments, station locations and branch options, which will continue to be consulted on as the project progresses. Once a new route has been finalised, new safeguarding directions will need to be sought.

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Until a new safeguarded route is agreed, Crossrail Limited continues to retain responsibility for the Chelsea Hackney safeguarded route.

The Direction issued by the Secretary of State in 2008 requires local planning authorities to consult with Crossrail Limited 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 Chelsea Hackney Line Safeguarding Direction and associated plans are available to view or download below.

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.

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

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

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