The Tube Map, Redesigned By A Tooting Resident

The Tube Map, Redesigned By A Tooting Resident

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Londoners are a creative bunch. Barely a day goes by without another alternative tube map appearing (seriously — here's one we shared just yesterday).

Today's offering comes courtesy of Jonathan Farrow, a Tooting resident whose main aim was to make the tube map a little less kinky (ooer), doing away with unnecessary bends and twists, making more space for the arrival of Crossrail.

The Northern line, rather than being two separate lines (which, let's be honest, it essentially is), is designed as a straight line on the Charing Cross branch, with the current Bank branch from Euston to Kennington appearing as a crescent off of this.

If the Northern line is the new vertical axis of the map, then the Central line is its horizontal counterpart. Rather than wiggling its way drunkenly down from Liverpool Street to Bank, then back to Holborn, then down again at Queensway, the red line stays straight from Bank, all the way out to East Acton.

The Overground too, has been straightened out in several places, and we have to say, it's a lot easier to follow than the original — TfL could learn a thing or two here.

Over on yellow, the Circle line retains its recognisable bottle shape, but Crossrail's been added (here's what the real tube map looks like with Crossrail added in)

And you might have noticed an extra splash of pink, too. Jonathan says:

I have included the Thameslink southern section as living in Tooting, I find it easier to use to cross London than the Northern line, and is mightily important for south London residents.

The keen-eyed among you will have noticed that it's not just the lines themselves that have had a makeover. The step-free access symbols for non-interchange stations have been removed from the line, and placed next to the station names instead. Jonathan explains:

I feel the current step-free access symbol is used less efficiently than it could be and makes the interchange symbol less prominent; hence why step-free access for non interchange stations is shown in-line with the station name.

Finally, the 'dagger' symbol (we always thought of it as a cross ourselves, but each to their own), which denotes 'check before you travel' has been made more prominent, changed from blue to red. Again, Jonathan has his reasons:

I have been caught out myself with the interchange and exit only at Camden Town station on Sundays and I feel this information is too useful to be left out of the main map design, in the "Check before you travel" section to the right of the map.

Have yourself a thorough look at Jonathan's map to spot what else he's changed — you'll find a larger version here.

Last Updated 29 May 2018


That is a shit load of work. I doff my chapeau.


That looks clear and coherent. He may have to decide between angled corners (Russell Sq) and curved ones (Covent Garden), but no big deal.

In related issues, I notice that Crossrail video has a, er, Crossrail logo on it. Is the official idea that the track is Crossrail but the line is the Elizabeth line? I intend calling it Crossrail anyway, but I'm not sure I'll be able to stick with that if/when Crossrail 2 starts running.

Philip Whitehouse

The inclusion of the 'Northern City' line is odd. It does not terminate at Finsbury Park. If you're including the properly named 'Great Northern' line which actually terminates Welwyn GC or Letchworth GC then you should also include the Finsbury-KGX line which goes to Cambridge.

I mean if you include that you might include the Southern service from London Bridge to Norwood Junction (terminating Gatwick).


I like that the tram fare zone looks like a giant park, although South Wimbledon does look like it's in zone 4/5, rather than 3/4.

Jeff Clark

What kind of software does someone use to draw a tube map? (Is there something that lets you drag the lines around so that it keeps the stations/names more or less attached to the lines as you move them?)

Melvyn Windebank

The map is already out of date as it fails to show the restoration of Thameslink services via London Bridge which returned last week .

Efforts to get Thameslink servants shown on the tube map have been made but TFL and Mayor insist map only shows services provided by TFL . Oddly one consequence of the TSGN mess is that services from Moorgate on Great Northern Line could transfer to TFL thus putting them on the tube map !

It's worth remembering that there was a time that Thameslink central sections, Waterloo and City Line before TFL ran it were on the tube map !

While the Northern Line extension will be an extension of the West End branch not the city branch as shown !

The change to the way the central line is shown on tube maps was to accommodate Crossrail.

Andrew Gwilt

I like the details of the maps.