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 Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tube geek (42) Not on the map
This blog's not a fan of clutter on the tube map. Wheelchair blobs, excess daggers, tiny annotation, unnecessary excess, no thank you. But what other useful additions might the tube map gain? Things that might actually aid travel rather than getting in the way. I'm not necessarily recommending the following, but how about...
» Tramlink: If the DLR can cause East London to be over-represented on the tube map, why shouldn't Croydon's tram system fly the flag for south London?
» Thameslink: A really useful railway line cuts through the heart of London from St Pancras down to London Bridge. It also extends to Kentish Town and Elephant & Castle which are already on the tube map. It'll have a very frequent service once the Thameslink programme is complete. Doesn't it deserve a place? It might even look like this.
» River Bus services: Take the Thames out and replace it by a blue line from Woolwich to Westminster with all the piers marked. Might get the Clipper service used more, if it was higher in public consciousness.
» Crossrail: Not so fast! It's still six years before London's newest underground railway clogs up the heart of the tube map something rotten.
» The South London line: Too late. This becomes part of the Overground next month, and so will be appearing on the next version of the tube map in four weeks time. Bring it on?

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