The Tube Map is getting overloaded!

28 01 2008

Hi all

Has anyone checked out the January 2008 pocket Tube Map recently? Well there appears to be a number of changes on the map…

– London Overground is completely shown (but this was in the November 2007 issue). But it now includes the East London extensions on both ends of what was the East London line.
– The new zones system now includes 7, 8 and 9. The odd and curious one is Watford Junction which is outside of the TfL zones and not even in a Zone 9!
– A few stations have moved zone: Acton Central moved from 2 to 3, Willesden Junction is now in both 2 and 3 and Hampstead Heath moved from 3 to 2.
– The East London line is now closed and is replaced by what I would call a messy bus replacement service layout.
– Wood Lane is under construction on the Hammersmith & City line.

But, unfortunately, once again, there a few things that the pocket Tube Map appears to have got wrong…

– Pinner station is now step free access, but there is no indication of this in the Check before you travel key
– Why is Watford Junction out of the zonal area? Amersham is further than Watford, yet it is in Zone 9!
– Heathrow Airport now appears in a blue box! I think that doesn’t look that great, but at least the Terminal 5 extension is included.
– Shepherd’s Bush station – what can we say? Well apart from the fact that the Central line station is closing from 3rd February for 8 months, the interchange suggests that Shepherd’s Bush Overground station is in fact open. But the truth is, the Overground station is still closed…and may not be open for some time!!!
– Have you seen the walking distances at West Hampstead and Canary Wharf stations? I think it doesn’t look nice at all. Why didn’t they do that for Bow Road and Bow Church for example?
– In the Station index, check out Oakwood station, it states that step free access is scheduled for January 2008, but there is no symbol as such on the map! Who would have known that???

Anyway, my overall opinion of the pocket Tube Map for January 2008 is that it is so overcrowded! Let’s hope they get it right in the next edition!

Let me know what you think…I want your feedback!

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