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 Monday, January 08, 2018

Now that the new tube map is out, let's point the spotlight at a tiny addition in north London. It's on the Goblin - the Overground line from Gospel Oak to Barking - and it's an interchange which previously wasn't there. You could have walked it, that's always been possible, but someone's suddenly decided it deserves to be on the map. It's Archway to Upper Holloway.

I went to Archway to give the new connection a try. It's quite a walk, which anyone choosing to interchange here might not be expecting. From Archway it's a walk down the Holloway Road, and from Upper Holloway it's an uphill climb instead. Nobody's erected special signs telling people where to go, but a map outside each station shows the location of the other, if you think to look. Both maps suggest a walk of just over five minutes. I walked it in 4 minutes 20.

Adding this connection to the tube map introduces a link between the Goblin and the Northern line for the first time. Previously a traveller trying to get from Finchley to Walthamstow might have assumed they'd have to go all the way into central London and back out, whereas now a change at Archway looks the way to go. And even though it involves exiting one station and entering another it doesn't cost extra, because TfL have this link set up as an Out of Station interchange (or OSI).

But why have the map designers suddenly added this link, and not some of the other possible Goblin connections? Maybe a look along the line will help us find out.

Goblin stationOther stationOn map?Walking timeNotes
Gospel OakGospel OakYes10sObviously this is on the map. What's new is that the two blobs have suddenly been nudged apart, whereas they used to be touching.
Upper HollowayArchwayYes4 min 20sNever before shown on the tube map. Now shown on the tube map. [OSI]
Crouch Hill---There are no other stations within a 10 minute walk of Crouch Hill.
Harringay Green LanesHarringayNo6 minNot on the tube map, because Harringay isn't a TfL station. [OSI]
South TottenhamSeven SistersNo4 minReally ought to be on the tube map, because it's a shorter walk than Archway to Upper Holloway, but someone seems determined not to add it. [OSI]
Blackhorse RoadBlackhorse RoadYes30sObviously this is on the map.
Walthamstow Queen's RoadWalthamstow CentralYes3 min 45sAdded in 2014, with the opening of a new staircase and direct link via Edison Close. [OSI]
Leyton Midland RoadLeytonNo-Don't be fooled, Leyton Midland Road is a mile away from Leyton.
Leytonstone High RoadLeytonstoneNo7 min 30sA bit of a hike, but is signposted, and an entirely practical interchange between the Goblin and the Central line. [OSI]
Wanstead ParkForest GateYes3 minHas been on the tube map ever since TfL Rail first appeared in 2015. Straightforward. Line of sight. [OSI]
Woodgrange ParkManor ParkNo4 minNot on the map because Wanstead Park to Forest Gate is a better interchange. But still very doable. [OSI]
BarkingBarkingYes5sObviously this is on the map. Amusingly TfL depicted it wrongly on the May 2017 map, using one blue blob, whereas it ought to have been one white blob and one blue blob, which it is now. What a mess.

I still think South Tottenham to Seven Sisters would be a better addition, practically speaking, but looking on the map it would be an awfully messy thing to squeeze in, so maybe that's why the designers haven't bothered. In the meantime expect hundreds more people to end up walking down the Holloway Road in future, because the tube map told them so.

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