Have your say on the Crossrail Central Operating Section (CCOS) Proposed Network Statement

Closed 16 Dec 2016

Opened 25 Oct 2016

Results Updated 9 May 2017

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

Please click here to view a copy of our Consultation Report (PDF)


We are seeking your views on our Network 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.  

We, Transport for London (TfL) are currently the ultimate owner of the majority of the land comprising the CCOS and the infrastructure affixed to it. We have established a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited (RfL(I)), which we intend 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.

Why are we consulting?

As the entity responsible for the day-to-day management of the CCOS, RfL(I) is required to publish certain information relating to the CCOS and the operation of trains on the CCOS by way of a Network Statement. The Network Statement is designed to provide prospective users of the CCOS with information about the infrastructure and how they would be able to gain access to the CCOS to operate trains. TfL/RfL(I) have prepared a proposed Network Statement for the CCOS, which forms part of this consultation, together with a background information document. The structure of the Network Statement proposed by TfL/RfL(I) is common across network statements for other railway infrastructure in Europe. It also contains information on the contractual arrangements for accessing the CCOS, together with proposals for charging arrangements for that access. In the Network Statement, TfL/RfL(I) set out their initial proposals on the charging arrangements, upon which TfL/RfL(I) are particularly interested in the views of consultees. More information on the background to the proposed charging arrangements, together with the proposed Network Statement, can be found in the accompanying consultation documents.

Read our Request for views document.

Read our Proposed Network Statement.

Other consultations

In parallel with this consultation TfL is consulting on behalf of RfL(I) in respect of charges for access to the CTOC stations detailed in section 1.3. As the principles outlined in that document for recovery of construction (capital) costs of the CCOS stations are the same as those proposed in the CCOS Network Statement for non station infrastructure, consultees are advised to consider both sets of charging proposals together.

Click here to view our CCOS Station Charging Proposals consultation.

In early 2017, TfL/RfL(I) currently plan to consult on the Framework Track Access Contract and the Network Code for the CCOS.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please give us your views before Friday 16 December by completing the online consultation survey below.

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