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Crossrail Act 2008

Hybrid Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Sessions 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08

Last updated: 14 July 2009 at 17:45

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Long title

Make provision for a railway transport system running from Maidenhead, in the County of Berkshire, and Heathrow Airport, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, through central London to Shenfield, in the County of Essex, and Abbey Wood, in the London Borough of Greenwich; and for connected purposes.


Crossrail is the plan to integrate the mainline railways to the east and west of London through the construction of two tunnels beneath central London from Paddington to Liverpool Street.

The main purpose of the Bill was to secure the powers necessary to build Crossrail. This Bill received Royal Assent in July 2008 and Crossrail is now proceeding. It was a Hybrid Bill, as it contained provisions which had an impact on the interests of particular individuals, as well as the general public. For more information on hybrid bills please refer to Hybrid Bills page.

Key areas of the Bill included:

  • authorisation of works necessary to build Crossrail and associated works
  • acquisition of land and interests in land necessary for those works
  • establishment of a planning and heritage regime for the works
  • application of existing railway and other miscellaneous legislation to Crossrail
  • the handover by transfer scheme of property, rights and liabilities from relevant authorities to nominated undertakers
  • devolution of control of the Crossrail project to the Greater London Authority, or Transport for London or a combination of the two.

Sponsoring departments

Department for Transport
Mr Douglas Alexander
Labour, Paisley South
Department for Transport
Lord Bassam of Brighton
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Crossrail Act 2008 c.18
22 July 2008

Parliamentary agent

Firms with one or more "Roll A" parliamentary agents who are acting for the promoters of this Bill.

BDB Pitmans LLP
One Bartholomew Close

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached