Have You Spotted These Special International Women's Day Roundels On The Tube?

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Last Updated 07 March 2020

Have You Spotted These Special International Women's Day Roundels On The Tube?

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Covent Garden IWD 2020 roundel

In honour of International Women's Day 2020, TfL has unveiled special roundels across the London Underground.

The purple, white and green interpretations of the classic design are at stations including, Victoria, Covent Garden, Upton Park, Seven Sisters and Maida Vale. These aren't random picks — there's a women-related reason why each station was chosen.

Some are obvious. Victoria is named after Queen Victoria, and Seven Sisters... well, it's in the name, duh. But then we come to the slightly more oblique Maida Vale and Upton Park. The former has been picked because it was the first station to be staffed entirely by women, when it opened in 1915 — as so many men were serving in the first world war.

Upton Park meanwhile, has its own special female connection. The tube's first ever female driver, one Hannah Dadds, originally worked in the station as a 'railwoman'. The station has a plaque marking her achievements.

Covent Garden's roundel pays tribute to Susan Atyeo, the first woman signaller. She qualified in 1979, and worked at the central London station.

With thanks to Tony Kidby in Londonist Roundel Ramblings for the tip-off and the photos.