It Can Only Get Worse!
Friday, 8 January 2021
Triumph : Thameslink "Tube" Transformed (4)
On-line, you may find a Tube Map for 2040 which shows a pink "hollow line" wiggling across the central area and adding yet more clutter. Although it is pink, it is NOT Thameslink but the proposed Crossrail 2. This began its life as a proposed Chelsea to Hackney underground line to, amongst other things, bring relief to the very busy Victoria line.
This new line (The George Line???????) would link some suburban services that currently run into Waterloo (most maps will enlarge with an on-click) ...
... with some of the remaining stoppers from Kings Cross and/or Liverpool Street.
But, inexorably like the expansion of the Roman Empire, the "Underground" is becoming less underground and more an arbitrary collection of suburban "big train" lines, with a few little-sized tubey lines in the middle!
But the unofficial 2040 map does not even mention Thameslink! It ain't there.
Like the East London line, now part of the Overground, it used to be run by the Metropolitan Railway and was shown in a hollow Met purple.
Finally it was taken over by British Rail and joined to the suburban stopping services from Kings Cross. For a while, like the North London Liner (now Overground|) and the middle bit of the original Thamelink, it did re-appear on the Underground map.
Unlike most of the additions, there is plenty of room for the bit from Finsbury Park to Moorgate.
Harry Beck's simple Underground map has morphed into a complex and potentially incomprehensible Transport for London map. The useful frequent central section of Thameslink has been added but there are plenty of frequent suburban lines that are ignored.
fbb will take a much needed weekend break from his deliberations on the new Underground map and, next week, see if it is better done in Europe.
For the time being, enjoy some pictures of the various lives on the Northern City line.
One Day, Maybe
Next Weekend Variety blog : Saturday 9th January