The Government today safeguarded a potential extension to the Crossrail route from Maidenhead to Reading.
The existing Crossrail route extends west as far as Maidenhead and Heathrow, although there is some pressure to extend the line to Reading. Safeguarding this route keeps this option alive.
Transport Minister Andrew Adonis said: “Our current priority is to get on with the delivery of the Crossrail Project as it is currently planned, but safeguarding would provide additional protection against developments impacting on future operational requirements.
“Safeguarding will also allow the line to be electrified in the future and for Crossrail to be extended if a case can be made to do so.”
Alternative works, such as electrification, could enable future operational requirements to be met.