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Somewhat similar to Croydon, the Tyne and Wear metro used to have four lines - red, yellow, green and blue - making for a nice colourful map. However the red and blue lines just ran over sections of the yellow line and so were later removed.
Having a "Southern Line" passing through places like Balham, already served by a main line train service with that name, could be confusing.
No neee as usual to acknowledge the original preparers of some of the diagrams you use I see.
If I remember correctly the plan was to send all Wimbledon trains onto the wimbleware line, making the services simpler through Earls Court and therefore allowing higher frequency on the different district line branches.
The Charing Cross branch of the Northern line should be renamed to the Watersea line (Waterloo-Battersea).
The East London Line became a "line" on the tube map in 1984, whereas it had been known as the East London "section" up until then. In 1990 it became the yellowish colour it would remain until its closure and incorporation into the Overground. The change of colour happened several months before the H&C went pink and the April 1990 tube map shows this interim phase.
“ Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II “ made me spill my coffee. Brilliant.
Dave Jones - that would only work if you severely reduce the service on the Wimbledon branch or have the Edgware Road/High St Ken section congested to the point of gridlock (or send the Circle trains somewhere else)
If you deem tram numbers irrelevant, I'd suggest removing bus route numbers as well. So the island of Great Britain can be number-less
Would still have preferred the Overground to be named after its colour!
'Poor service on the Overground green and Overground red lines'
Much simpler for knowing if that was the line you wanted - everyone know what colours mean!
Not everyone.
Well, thats just like your opinion, man
Confusion reigned even more in earlier years: the District was originally called Metropolitan District Railway, and the Harry Beck maps between 1938 and 1948 lump the District and Metropolitan together, all green. Including the Circle, Hammersmith, East London and West London lines - the entire sub-surface network plus bits of Overground.

The 1948 edition also shows the planned Northern extensions from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace and from Mill Hill East to Bushey Heath, which would have rendered that line even more unwieldy.

Nice collection of maps at www.clarksbury.com/cdl/maps.html
I worked on the Underground for 41 years, 14 of which were on the District Line. Not once did l ever hear the portmanteau word “Wimbleware” used, a term which seems to exist almost entirely in the rather closed world of the District Dave website. If differentiated at all the service was referenced to as “The Edgware Roads”.
Re-Elisabeth 1 and 2, regardless of where any delay happens on Crossrail, it always seems to have knock on effects along the entire line, hence why I think it makes more sense to keep them as one.

Also, about the trams, the numbers were never really displayed consistently on passenger facing info so I wouldn't really say nobody gave a damn about them, more like they didn't have a choice.
Simon, - yes, we could give all the bus routes names too.

Maybe it's simpler in New York where you just make a beeline for the A-train
Can the Northern line split be achieved without a Camden remodel, just by removing it from whichever branch stops at Mornington Crescent instead - both lines also interchange at Euston which has better capacity (and would have better in a post-HS2 world).
dcs34 - Interchange between the branches at at Euston involves much longer walks, and there is no running connection there (the branches are running almost in opposite directions).

The Charing Cross branch is the one that calls at Mornington Crescent. Not sure what not stopping that branch at Camden Town would acheive (if indeed that is what you meant).
There's currently a total of fifteen services shown on the status rainbow for "Tube, Overground, Elizabeth line, DLR and Tram". There will be, therefore, presumably, 20 by the end of the year. Splitting the District, Northern, DLR and Tram in the ways that are shown and dismissed here would take that to 25, or 26 if the DLR was arranged by wester/northern terminus instead of eastern/southern. Or 27 if it was admitted that's actually five services after all.
The East London Line was rebranded with the colour orange, not yellow, albeit of a slightly different shade than later adopted for LO.
Meanwhile back here in the real world (i.e., not London) we'd just like some trains that work, with, ideally, a spare seat or two. They can call them after Reinhardt Heydrich and Leon Trotsky for all we care.
'Not everyone' - Thank you a colour blind reader for highlighting the difficulties some of us face.
I think you've overlooked the Cable Car here. The northbound and southbound services are very different and ought to be different lines. Sometimes it says the Cable Car is suspended due to high winds and I have to wonder if that's northbound, southbound, or both. And each Cable Car line can have its own separate sponsored name, doubling the money made. Seems simple really.
The contrast of the tangerine of the old East London line and the orange of the Overground can be seen in the horizontal platform signs which are wall-mounted at head height at a couple of the original stations. (I think Wapping and Shadwell.) This geeky piece of information was revealed at the launch of the Overground brand at the London Transport Museum many, many years ago when it was announced that there was no point wasting money on changing the stripe

I wonder if these signs will remain Orange/tangerine because the lines are part of the Overground brand or become two parallel red lines for Windrush? After all there still stations served by the H&C that display only Metropolitan and Circle branding - Euston Square or Great Portland Street if memory serves.

dg writes: Just Euston Square - GPS gained a pink stripe in 2006.
How about the opposite as a thought experiment. What lines do not deserve their own names? How about merging Victoria and Jubilee lines and call them the underground, and give them the same color. Add Piccadilly for good measure. That way when there are line disruptions we can reduce the list by three. Plus, isn’t it easier to find your way when someone says “take the Underground to Dolis Hill”. Do you really need to specify which line? For disruptions and closures you can say “Underground between Green Park and King’s Cross towards Finsbury Park is closed.”










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