Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS): Consultation on template CCOS Station Access Documentation

Closed 8 Dec 2017

Opened 3 Nov 2017


Transport for London (TfL) is seeking your views on its template contractual documentation for the Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS) stations to be operated by its Crossrail Concessionaire.


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 December 2018, with a full service across London expected to be from December 2019.

There will be ten stations on the CCOS. Five of those will form part of existing London Underground stations and will be operated by London Underground and do not form part of this consultation. The other stations are new stations constructed as part of the Crossrail project, where there is no direct interface with the London Underground network and for which RfL(I) will be the Infrastructure Manager under The Railways (Access, Management and Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2016 (the RfL(I) stations).

Why are we consulting?

Train operators who wish to use the RfL(I) stations will be required to enter into a Station Access Agreement with RfL(I). The Station Access Agreement will incorporate bespoke Station Access Conditions and will need to be approved by the Office of Rail and Road.

This consultation seeks views on these two documents.

A brief outline of the purpose of each document is set out below. More detail is included in the accompanying consultation document, together with the draft of each document. RfL(I) has considered existing equivalent documents from the railway industry in preparing these documents. In most cases, RfL(I)'s draft document has been modelled on Network Rail's equivalent for its managed stations, namely the :

  • Independent Station Access Agreement; and
  • Independent Station Access Conditions (England and Wales) 2013

However in relation to certain areas regard has been had to other models principally the RfL Station Access Conditions 2015 and  the Bromsgrove Station Access Conditions 2016.

RfL(I) Station Access Agreement

The RfL(I) Station Access Agreement sets out the terms and conditions under which a train operator has permission to use an RfL(I) station.

RfL(I) Station Access Conditions

The RfL(I) Station Access Conditions are a common set of rules which will apply across every train operator who accesses an RfL(I) station. The RfL(I) Station Access Conditions form part of the RfL(I) Station Access Agreement. They set out, for example, how charges are determined, allocated between operators and how they may be varied and how changes can be made to the RfL(I) station.

TfL/RfL(I) has previously consulted on station charging proposals for the RfL(I) stations. The conclusions of this consultation together with further background to the current consultation are set out in the document below.

Station Access Consultation document (PDF)

Other consultations

Other relevant consultations include designating the CCOS as specialised infrastructure (which has now been designated as such), and the draft Network Statement for the CCOS. 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 also be consulting upon 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).

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please give us your views before Friday 8 December 2017 by completing the online consultation survey below. Alternatively, you can:



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