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 Maidenhead to Reading Safeguarding Direction and associated plans can be viewed or downloaded below.
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.