London’s iconic Underground map will be renamed with six new names and colours

London’s iconic Underground map will be renamed with six new names and colours

For anyone with a passing knowledge of London, a map of the city’s underground is as recognizable as red buses or black cabs.

But over the past few years, there’s been something not quite right about the map originally designed by Harry Beck in 1933 – a collection of orange train lines, mostly circling the city, known as the London Overground.

They’re like interlopers on a carefully designed, easy-to-navigate map.

Yes, it was confusing for Londoners too.

Now, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is hoping to bring some clarity to the suburban rail network which was founded in 2007 by effectively merging previous routes and has grown to carry more than 3 million customers a week across more than 100 miles (160 kilometres). Of railways and 113 stations.

The solution he came up with, after extensive consultation, is simple – give them new names and colours!

“Giving each of the Overground lines distinct colors and identities will make it easier for passengers to navigate,” Khan said on Thursday. “By reimagining the London Underground map, we are also honoring and celebrating different parts of London’s unique local history and culture.”

The six names and colors will be:

– Lioness, which runs through Wembley Stadium in north London and honors the recent achievements of the England women’s football team. It will be displayed as double yellow lines on the map.

– Mildmay, in honor of the small charitable hospital in east London that cared for Londoners, especially those suffering from HIV/AIDS in the early days of the disease in the 1980s. It will be displayed as double blue lines on the map.

– Windrush, which commemorates the ship that docked near London in 1948, carrying more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean to a new life in Britain. A number of stations on the line have historically black communities, such as Peckham Rye and West Croydon. It will be displayed as double red lines on the map.

— Weaver, which extended from the heart of the financial district on Liverpool Street to places such as Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, and Hackney, where the textile trade flourished. It will be displayed with double maroon lines on the map.

—Suffragette, which celebrates the role of the East End working-class movement in the struggle for women’s rights. The line extends to Barking, home of the longest serving suffragette, Annie Huggett, who died aged 103 in 1996. The line will appear with double green lines on the map.

– Liberty, which celebrates the city’s eternal freedoms and passes through Havering, which has historically been more self-governing than other places in the city. It will be displayed with double gray lines on the map.

Transport for London expects the full rebranding to be completed by the end of the year. It will include an updated subway map and station signage as well as a re-recording of public address announcements.

The cost of rebranding has not been revealed, nor how it will be paid.

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