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2050 Tube Map

To start a new "Affiliated" blog section on UK Free TV, I know you would love to see this map of the Underground as it will look in 2050 according to the London 2050 Transport Plan. I have spent much more time on this project than I had anticipated. A lot of thanks goes to the posters on the London Reconnection site for nit-picking every possible error from this map.

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Download the WHOLE London 2050 - a Tube Map for the future as a PDF or click on this image to see it as an SVG (most modern web browsers support this).

Everything here is based 100% on the detailed reading of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050: Transport Supporting Paper (London Infrastructure Plan 2050 | Greater London Authority) and the amazing help I had from London Reconnections - Covering transport topics in and around London on their London 2050 (Part 1): The Trillion Pound Time Warp.

Things to look at

It was 100% essential to ensure that the Tube Map remained faithful to the one we use today, the one based on the designs of Harry Beck.

So, you will find that all the lines are horizontal, vertical or at 45 degrees.

All the station symbols (blue wheelchair, white wheelchair, coloured ticks and interchanges) are 100% standard.

One invocation that I did allow myself (spurred on by a comment from Diamond Geezer) was that the high-usage "destination" and "gateway" stations have larger font text and yellow highlight to help you locate these stations quickly.

Another slight innovation is that stations outside the "legal" Greater London area are shown with light colour text, and the M25 motorway is also shown where lines cross it.

As you can see from the above example, the following lines are shown that are not on the current map:

Crossrail 1: royal purple line. I am especially proud of the strong vertical in the top right hand side from Whitechapel to Stratford and on. This is going to be a fast line, so it has priority. On the right hand side the line is a strong horizontal and other stations have moved to accommodate the fast line.

Crossrail 2: line green line. This shows the current consultation route. I'm very proud of the way the line connects though the central area whilst remaining clear. This was quite a tough one to solve.

High speed 2: bright green line. Good use of direct lines for this express line.

Overground: 2015 new lines in the Lea Valley, the above example showing the Chingford, Enfield Town and Chesunt lines (as well as Crossrail 2) with new interchanges.

The above diagram also shows the STAR line with Lea Bridge.

The Overground line from Upminster to Romford can also be seen on the whole map.

A useful little feature is out-of-station interchanges are shown with the walking distance.

This section shows the use of "off page" markers to show connections outside the London area, such as HS2 to Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Crossrail 1 to Tring. Also shown here is the new Watford arrangements for the Metropolitan line.

In the lower right section you can see the proposed additions to the Bakerloo line.

You can see from the detail that the map also shows the new Thameslink arrangments, as well as the proposed changes to the Overground to create an outer orbital route called on the map the "R25".

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy the hard work that has been put into this.


Extra! Extra!

The map featured on BBC London News on Wednesday!

And now there is Crossrail 3 and Croydon Tramlink

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Monday, 8 September 2014
Richard E

9:29 PM

Well done Brian , its very good & looks fantastic , I am a bit of a train buff myself .

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Richard E's 41 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 September 2014

11:47 AM

TYVM Time Out Update Your Browser | Facebook .

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Sam C
12:54 PM

Mark A: Fancy getting in touch with a poster manufacturer and marketing this? I'd be your first customer!

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Matthew Gough
1:29 PM

Brilliant work, I'm very impressed!

Perhaps you could ask the people at Time Out to correct their article so that it links properly to the full map rather than just their North London centric biased version? The article makes it look like you've only done one section of the map and completely ignored south london...

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Matthew Gough's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

11:18 AM

Sam C: Actually you'd be the second. I have it printed out at A1 size on my wall! it was £22 at Prontaprint...

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Briantist's 38,844 posts US

11:23 AM

@Matthew Gough: Yes, I did get called some awful things for doing something I hadn't done.

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Kate Gould
1:58 PM

hi can I use the map in the South London Press - we'd credit you of course! Kate Gould 020 8835 9709

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Kate Gould's 1 post GB
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Algernon Black

8:02 PM

Clever ideas however, all the existing Overhead (British Rail) lines south of London are 3 rail systems and the "Underground" runs on a 4 rail system. Also platforms
will be of different heights on BR lines compared to TFL (LT) lines.
The current line extensions have been undertaken by use of full size trains and coaches and that will be the drawback in future. The ONLY full size railway in central London is Cross Rail.

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Iain Martin
10:40 PM
St. Neots

I love the map and well done for all the hard work that must have gone into it!
One question though! Have you uploaded your correct final version?
On the snapshots above you can quite clearly see the luminous green HS2 route.
On the linked main map there is no sign of it!
Do you know something we don't? :-)

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Iain Martin's 15 posts GB
Iain Martin
10:44 PM

+ http://www.londonreconnec….svg

This map found via the Twitter feed has the High Speed 2 line!

(Hopefully this works this time as it created a copy of my first post). (PE192SU)

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