The Tube Map is one of the city’s most recognisable features – hell, many Londoners have each route methodically ingrained in their minds – and today, TfL has unveiled their brand new iteration, featuring the Elizabeth line.
It’s the first time the new route has been officially shown on the map, and you’ll notice them in the brand new shade of purple and white stripes, matching the colour of the new train models and its seats.
For those with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Tube, it’ll be a handy way to quickly get a hang of the stops on the line and all its connections. You have five days to do just that, so get cracking.
Eagle-eyed train enthusiasts will also notice that the Crossrail is labelled “Elizabeth Line” rather than just “Elizabeth”, whereas the other lines are simply labelled “Victoria”, “Central” and so on. Plus, the double purple line stripe also sets it aside from the other lines it connects to.
This, according to a TfL spokesperson, is to differentiate it from the other London Underground lines as it “helps to reinforce… that it’s not a Tube line”. The line is a separate connection, meaning passengers will tap in and out when changing. However, when using the Elizabeth Line from next week, the 10 Central Line stops will not charge passengers an extra fare when changing from another TfL line.
“The ‘Elizabeth line’ is in itself the full name of the new railway and the route it operates on.
“In contrast, the London Underground is the name of a separate mode of transport which operates individually named routes. This means we’ll always include ‘line’ in all signage and reference to the Elizabeth line.”
So, get the updated map etched into your brains ready for your new quick-as-hell commute that starts next week (May 24) on the new Elizabeth Line.