Following the July 2008 consultation the Secretary of State for Transport issued the Safeguarding Direction for Maidenhead to Reading which came into force on the 29 April 2009.
The Direction requires local planning authorities to consult with Crossrail regarding planning applications within the limits shown on the safeguarding plans before granting planning approval as they may conflict with the possible future 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maidenhead to Reading Safeguarding Direction and associated plans can be viewed or downloaded below.
NB - 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 Maidenhead in the west and Abbey Wood in the South-East. Land has been Safeguarded and Transport for London, in conjunction with The Department for Transport, confirmed in March 2014 that an extension to Reading will form part of the Crossrail route.
An additional extension from Abbey Wood to Gravesend and Hoo Junction, has been safeguarded however there are no current plans to extend the railway beyond the route currently identified.