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Crossrail Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Hybrid Bill
Douglas Alexander
Department for Transport
Lord Bassam of Brighton
Department for Transport

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Crossrail Act 2008 c.18 22.07.2008

Summary of the Crossrail Act 2008

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.

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