Consultation on revised CCOS Network Statement, together with Framework Capacity Statement

Closed 1 Dec 2017

Opened 31 Oct 2017

Results Updated 21 Jun 2018

Following our consultation on the draft Crossrail Central Operating Section 2019 Network Statement and Framework Capacity Statement, we have now published our Consultation Report.

Please click here to view a copy of our consultation report (PDF 305KB)



We are seeking your views on the Network Statement and Framework Capacity Statement for the Crossrail Central Operating Section, valid in relation to the 2019 timetable (which commences on 9 December 2018).


Crossrail will connect Reading and Heathrow to the west of London with Shenfield and Abbey Wood to the east, running through a new 13 mile (21km) twin-bore tunnel under central and east London. The tunnel under London (and associated infrastructure) will be the Crossrail Central Operating Section (or the CCOS). The CCOS has been designed to facilitate high capacity metro passenger rail services, moving high numbers of people more easily, more quickly and more directly across London. It will add ten per cent. to the overall capacity of London’s rail network and will offer crowding relief on the Underground and DLR networks, as well as at congested stations.

Transport for London (TfL) is currently the ultimate owner of the majority of the land comprising the CCOS and the infrastructure affixed to it. TfL has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited (RfL(I)), which it intends to be responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the CCOS. Services through the CCOS are expected to commence from 2018, with a full service across London expected to be from 2019.

Why are we consulting?

CCOS Network Statement

Under regulation 13 of The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016, RfL(I) (as the infrastructure manager of the CCOS) is required, following consultation with all interested parties, to develop and publish a network statement containing certain information relating to the CCOS. The CCOS Network Statement is intended to provide prospective users of the CCOS with information about the CCOS and how they would be able to gain access to the CCOS to operate trains. It also contains information on the contractual arrangements for accessing the CCOS, together with proposals for charging arrangements for that access. It has been prepared using a common structure across network statements for other railway infrastructure in Europe.

Between October and December 2016, TfL/RfL(I) consulted on its initial proposals for its Network Statement for the CCOS and published its consultation report on 9 May 2017.

The CCOS Network Statement will apply with effect from and including the timetable change date in December 2018 (this being the date upon which the first revenue-earning passenger services – the Crossrail passenger services – are expected to commence on the CCOS). The CCOS Network Statement will apply until (but excluding) the timetable change date in December 2019. It will also apply to any testing or other preparatory services undertaken prior to December 2018 in anticipation of the first passenger services on the CCOS.

This consultation seeks views on the revised CCOS Network Statement. A number of amendments have been made since the initial consultation, which can be summarised as follows:

  • TfL/RfL(I) have carefully considered the feedback provided by consultees to the initial consultation and have made a number of revisions to the CCOS Network Statement in light of those comments.
  • TfL/RfL(I) have subsequently consulted on other elements of the proposed access regime (and contractual documentation) for use of the CCOS. Feedback has also been considered from those consultations and TfL/RfL(I)'s conclusions are reflected in the CCOS Network Statement.
  • TfL/RfL(I) have considered amendments to the common structure for network statements used across Europe and, where appropriate, have sought to reflect those in the CCOS Network Statement.
  • As infrastructure manager of the wider national network (which adjoins the CCOS) Network Rail's network statement has also been reviewed, with consistent amendments being made to the CCOS Network Statement in certain areas.
  • In relation to the stations on the CCOS which will not be operated by London Underground Limited, TfL/RfL(I) have reflected upon the structure for station access, reviewing all models currently adopted in the industry, and believe a model whereby RfL(I) will be responsible for granting access to those stations, consistent with its role in granting access to the CCOS track, is more appropriate. RfL(I) intends that the Crossrail concessionaire from time to time will provide or procure the provision of certain services at those stations. This revised approach is reflected in this CCOS Network Statement.
  • The initial consultation set out principles on how charges for use of the CCOS would be calculated, together with an indication of the likely level of charges. The CCOS Network Statement sets out charges for the use of the CCOS calculated in accordance with these principles. These charges have been updated from those set out in the initial consultation to reflect:
    • the current forecasts of the costs of constructing, operating, maintaining and renewing the CCOS infrastructure.
    • the latest view on the anticipated utilisation of the CCOS infrastructure; and
    • in the case of the Investment Recovery Charge (IRC), the latest view on the disposition of the construction cost between:
      • cost in and out of the scope of the IRC; and
      • amortising and non-amortising assets classes

The assumptions and other factors relevant to the scope and content of the draft CCOS Network Statement described out in paragraphs 2.2 and 2.4 of the initial consultation document remain applicable to the CCOS Network Statement which forms part of this consultation.

Click here for a copy of the CCOS Revised Network Statement (PDF)

CCOS Framework Capacity Statement

As part of this consultation, TfL/RfL(I) are also consulting upon the draft CCOS Framework Capacity Statement. This is intended to provide prospective users of the CCOS with an indication of how much capacity is likely to be available on the CCOS, to give a first impression of how likely it is that their applications for capacity will be approved. It is being published to meet the requirements of European Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/545 of 7 April 2016 on procedures and criteria concerning framework agreements for the allocation of rail infrastructure capacity.

In preparing the CCOS Framework Capacity Statement, TfL/RfL(I) have had regard to the equivalent document published by Network Rail and the anticipated utilisation of the CCOS by the Crossrail concessionaire. The likely available capacity is set out in Appendix 2 of the CCOS Framework Capacity Statement, although consultees are encouraged to consider the whole of the document, which describes the basis on which it has been prepared.

CCOS Framework Statement (PDF)

Other consultations

TfL/RfL(I) has previously consulted on designating the CCOS as specialised infrastructure (which has now been designated as such) and the draft Network Statement for the CCOS. Consultations also took place in relation to draft track access documentation and the draft CCOS Performance Data Accuracy Code and CCOS Railway Operations Code for the CCOS and TfL/RfL(I) has now published final track access documentation. As noted above, the feedback from these consultations has been taken into account in preparing the draft documents for this consultation.

At or around the time of this consultation TfL/RfL(I) will be consulting on template documentation for access to the RfL(I) stations on the CCOS.

Finally, for information, TfL/RfL(I) have published with this consultation the latest drafts of the:

These documents are consulted upon and determined in accordance with the processes set out in Part D of the CCOS Network Code.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please give us your views before 17:00 on Friday 1st December 2017 by completing the online consultation survey below. Alternatively, you can:



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  • Crossrail