This Bill will enable the construction, maintenance and operation of Crossrail, a new east-west rail link in central London.
Responsible department: Dept for Transport
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 18 May 2005
Second reading: 18 July 2005
Select Committee: 17 Jan - 4 May 2006
The rail link will join Maidenhead and Heathrow with Shenfield and Abbey Wood through new tunnels under central London
Crossrail will operate 24 trains an hour at peak times in both directions, carrying nearly 200 million passengers a year
Crossrail would relieve congestion and overcrowding as well as improving access to both Heathrow and Stansted airports
This bill was introduced in the last session (22nd February 2005), and a motion was passed for it to be carried over into this session. It only passed through some early, technical stages, and has yet to be debated on the floor of Parliament.
This bill is a hybrid bill. It will be treated like a private bill for part of its passage through Parliament, giving individuals and bodies the opportunity to "petition" against it.