A fresh map for London's tube and rail network designed by an enthusiastic and frequent user.
The original London underground map is a clear design classic as well as an icon for London. In the years since it's inception the official map has become cluttered from subsequent updates. London Layout is a fresh new visualisation of London aspiring to capture the clarity of the original for the extensive modern network.
The mission for London Layout is to be an invaluable and stylish tool for navigating the railways of London. The absolute priority for design clarity extending beyond the map to all the information it presents.
The development is currently focused on getting a complete set of live data feeds, e.g. extending live departure times to National Rail services. Adding accesibility information for a greater percentage of stations. As well as populating our database of local information.
London Layout is currently gathering funding through a Kickstarter campaign. This campaign is to encourage engagement in the project and to fund the development time required to reach our objective of having both digital and printed pocket sized versions of the map. This is the second campaign I have run on Kickstarter. The first campaign was a great success in helping to develop the map to its current form. The prompt delivery of all rewards shows that I am committed and able to deliver this project.
As new underground lines have been built they have been fitted to the existing map. Over time this has led to the position of new lines becoming more inaccurately represented to the point of being misleading. On a geographic map Westminster, Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge run on a near east-west line, however the official tube map shows Waterloo well to the south of Westminster.
The official map is inconsistent on how lines are separated. In this example all the lines from London Bridge run along the same track bed. However they are randomly grouped with First Capital Connect services (purple) separated from the others.
Here Highbury and Islington station is marked by two connected circles suggesting a substantial walk between lines, because in other parts of the official map this symbol is used to represent connections between two different stations. However at Highbury and Islington there is a cross platform connection between the Victoria line (blue) and First Capital Connect services (purple). Thanks to Geoff at stationmasterapp.com for use of his station layout images.
Here is an example of two stations joined by the interchange symbol that are distinctly separatated. Bow Church and Bow Road are separated by about 0.2 miles. The use of the regular interchange symbol makes it unclear that there are two different stations. It is most effective to show out of station interchange by a new symbol as seen in the alternative map.
The official maps follow no rules on the layering of lines passing over each other. The result here is the Overground line (orange) passes over and under a single grouping of lines. On London Layout maps routes which consist of fewer lines always pass over routes with more lines so that it is easier for the eye to follow.
The track around Lewisham station is complicated and the official tube and rail map has attempted to represent this complexity in its design. The fact that some trains pass around the station is equivalent to some services travelling non-stop through the station. This extra clutter is not useful information as knowledge of surburban services will tell you to check the stations that the service is calling at.
This is the worst example of misleading stations using the existing interchange symbol. The current design necessitating that Waterloo and Waterloo East are combined into one messy interchange symbol. To make matters worse when changing from the Jubilee line to Waterloo East it is best to change at Southwark which is shown as a completely separate station, with no indication of a possible link. The use of simplifed stations and the out of station interchange symbol makes it much clearer which line belongs to which station on the alternative map.
This is another example of a poorly used interchange symbol in this case the Overground line (orange) runs to the symbol connector rather than a circle representing the station.
Blackfriars station is now built over the river with entrances on both sides. This means that you can exit north or south of the river and as the river is shown on the map this has necessitated an individual take on the station symbol. On the official map it does not appear that Blackfriars station is even on the river bank. London Layout introduces an extended symbol for the station to show it crossing the river
The stations around Tower Hill have been grouped to a single interchange symbol on the official map when in fact there are three distinct stations. Interchange between these stations is very important and needs to be shown. The introduction of the out of station interchange symbol again offers the advantage of showing three distinct stations.
A poorly laid out station on the official London Tube and Rail map. Here is an example of a single station this time spread out over a larger interchange symbol. These nodes offer no relevent information about the layout of Stratford station and so is better represented as a consolidated station as done on the alternative map.
© Peter Saxton 2013
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