Extraordinary news for enthusiasts of London transport and London Railway Engineers , as Transport For London (TfL) has huge plans.
The British capital’s Transport Authority is presently putting the completing its sparkly new forelock-pulling east-west railway, the Elizabeth line. There are likewise recommendations for another branch of the Northern line to Battersea, and an expansion to the London Overground to Barking Riverside, on the table; in addition to longer term designs including Crossrail 2, a Bakerloo extensioninto darkest south east London and, most excitingly of all, more trams.
It can be difficult to envision how all that looks on the map. Ali Carr posted the Unofficial 2040 Tube Map to the Rail UK Forums earlier this year. Here it is now:
Carr’s guide expands on the current tube map to demonstrate an entire host of recommendations of shifting degrees of likelihood. It indicates Crossrail 2 winding its way over Central London:
It shows the new, Old Oak Common station which become on of the largest hub to connect Croorail and HS2 with existing lines.
It shows a pair of Northern lines, with the Battersea branch completed and the resulting services split in two:
It shows the Bakerloo line continuing south to Hayes, an eastward Crossrail extension to Gravesend, and a southern London Overground one to Thamesmead:
There’s even some stuff I hadn’t realised was on the table, such as an Overground extension to Hounslow, and the Piccadilly line extending to Ealing Broadway to simplify services on the District:
the new Tramlink route from South Wimbledon to Sutton, which doesn’t seem to interact with the existing one at all:
These might be a planned map but TfL expansion will bring the Greater London Area connected by tube which is key to the economic growth of United Kingdom.