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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.

A document 'Information for Developers' is available. Please discuss this with the Safeguarding Team (contact details below).

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 ten 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 Crossrail 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

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