By 2021 all London rapid transit rail services will be under the control of Transport for London. Even if privately run, the service provider will do as TfL commands and under the TfL brands. This municipalisation of rail frames the 'suggestions' of a webpage like this and associated maps.
It means many more lines to consider than the present mix of Underground, Overground and Elizabeth line. So the maps I present have evolved to take this into account. I am also going to assume nationalisation of all rail services in the UK, for simplicity if nothing else. I do not see proposals for more competition, e.g. within one route, as anything other than adding to the present administrative and commercial chaos. British Rail must return as owner, brand and co-ordinator, even if there are private providers of some rail services. It is the same logic as the TfL move. The farce of foreign nationalised railways subsidising their passengers by owning franchises and fully charging British passengers has to end.
I foresee several subdivisions of rail services coming into London. The first, from the south east Kent coast through the south coast, as well as from the north and west, is the continuing of British Rail as in Intercity. BR stations are acknowledged, including terminals. Then come Long Commutes, being long and limited stop commuting services and these stations are acknowledged. There are then specific branded routes, including Expresses and Connect services for airports, Thameslink and Riverlink providing over the river London services with long commute outer terminuses but intensive within London services. Crossrail is another long route format, with a role of joining rail terminuses in also an intensive inner London service. Crossrail 1 is called the Elizabeth line, which is unfortunate as it confuses with London Underground, when it is a full size railway. London Overground consists of some Spokes, that is Short Commute routes into London terminuses and Chords, that is rail services that provide a circumventing alternative for part or whole journeys.
The services of Long Commute, Airport services, Thameslink, Riverlink and Citylink, and the former Crossrail, come under the brand of London Metro. The maps here continue to show all but the long commute lines and routes. So there is London Metro, London Overground, London Underground, Tramlink and Boat Services.
Some services are not part of London Metro. Tramlink is a frequent stopping service using rail beds and tracks into roads. Aswell as beuing intensive, it is extensive, stretching in this recommendation from Wimbledon right across to Bromley (including Grove Park) and London Biggin Hill Airport. The Boat Service is here suggested in a rationalised form from the present situation. The Cable Car is taken as an additional oddity. Buslinks have been branded on parts of the compass in this suggestion for their Chord-like connectivity. The exception is Brent shopping centre where also individual guided pod vehicles are introduced.
Two kinds of map exist. One kind is the more stylised, and have in origin the map produced by Sameboat (see below). The other kind is more geographical, but biased towards the centre and compressed at the outer areas. Each kind is subdivided into one preferred map that leaves out (the increasingly approved) Crossrail 2, and one map that includes it. Sameboat attempted to bring form to the central 'bottle' whereas the geographical map allows form to emerge, and does so on mainly northern Overground routes.
There are a number of other and source maps available for those who enjoy the puzzle of London routes and maps. One even covers the whole country as well: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/static/documents/content/routemaps/nationalrailoperatorsmapzoom.pdf.
Maps show skill not only in turning geography into principle-following diagrams but also in the use of .SVG drawing that means vector lines that allow continuous zooming-in without pixellating. I have also used maps that are not only geographical but show platform arrangements, junctions, sidings and old lines, as at http://carto.metro.free.fr/cartes/metro-london/. My maps are drawn in raster form, being large but eventually pixellating. I have used, simply, MS Paint, RealWorld Paint (for smooth lines) and Irfan View.
So, the map I used to begin my mapping is that of Sameboat who also uses names like ifurkend and midandfeed. See the following: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sameboat
My diagrammatic map area was, however, stretched to the north and north west in order to show better a Thameslink service (for Bedford). To some extent this counteracts Sameboat's useful tilt of the central 'bottle' that is the Spiral line (Circle line renamed) loop. My map area also plunges further south, to include the 'Wimbledon Loop' (I broke it up regarding routes) and thus makes a better representation of the south eastern spur of the Tramlink. I also made corrections, so that, for example, Acton Main Line indeed will be south of North Acton and diagramatically and the Tramlink works better to reality at Elmers End. Alterations also feature around the various Dagenham stations. Sameboat went on to change his map too around Acton, and he also was quick to replace Crossrail with 'Elizabeth line'.
The original file, written in SVG format:
His similar map, a later effort, also written in SVG format keeps being updated:
This is a .PDF as derived from the .SVG:
The copyright rules as of Wikimedia Commons:
So, equally, build or change what I have done - with my pleasure.
Another person who can see advantages of renaming some stations and redesignating lines is Mike Hall of Valencia, Spain as at https://www.behance.net/gallery/24103253/Alternative-2015-Tube-Map-Design. He numbers lines instead of naming them, and like Sameboat would have a separate line between the Battersea extension and Edgware, and like me (similarly) run a service between Wimbledon and Edgware. But his reforms are not as systematic as mine: my intention is to simplify lines as much as possible, and thus the Dukes line and the closure of the Metropolitan to Uxbridge. I also prefer my arrangements for a simplified Metropolitan line set of train routes. It is more important, I think, to get rid of the Hammersmith and City line, which only touches Hammersmith and is not really City at all. The rational thing to do is extend the Metropolitan line as a route east (as was) and let the Circle line actually be a Spiral line. As for station renaming, Mike Hall has some good candidates but I kept rejecting most. A strong idea is renaming Euston Square as University College. However, not so if Crossrail 2 is built and Euston Square becomes part of Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras International - all one linked station. I do not like Paddington Green for Edgware Road. Edgware Road (Bakerloo) is close enough to the other interchange and Paddington Green is not immediately present. Neither is Brondesbury close enough to Kilburn Range Park to be renamed Kilburn Range. It adds another Kilburn, and there are close uses of Brondesbury. I also measure the walking distance to Kilburn Station as 200 yards if on the same street not 50 metres. The Cally is a better name - very local and displayed - that calling Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station Barnsbury. He should have selected Weavers Fields as an alternative name for Bethnal Green. He is right, particularly, that Abbey Road on the Docklands Light Railway is confusing to outsiders, who might go there expecting a certain zebra crossing and recording studio. As for what to rename it, Abbey Mitre is possible, from the nearby roads, but although again somewhat distant Abbey Mills is a distinctive pumping station. I agree with renaming Latimer Road but to Bramley Road as is not North Kensington. I can see a problem with Acton Town with all the Actons but it is not incorrect and adding Gunnersbury Park (or, say, Gunnersbury Lane) and then having Chiswick High Road - another Chiswick - for Gunnersbury is itself just complicated.
I have a history of changes. As of 27th July and 24th August 2015 my newly north western area stretched diagram removed compromises forced on the Sameboat evolving diagram. Then in September 20th 2015 I went mad and eventually put in many a rapid transit line from functioning railways and one reopened. I added in a small number of new connecting rails at junctions where space allowed. However, during October 2015 I was unhappy with geographical compromises. A more geographical map was produced by Transport for London and referred to during a new and complete more geographical redrawing (still with a bias of scale to the centre). Then I discovered the best source of them all, and, without reproducing its lines, the new source map was nevertheless the main guide for many revisions:
Initially the more diagrammatic maps were archived. Having then changed some Chord routes to be more satisfactory, I brought back the diagrammatic maps with these later changes. So in December 2015 I followed on by adding geographical maps - with a bias to the middle area - with also a reworking of the diagrammatic maps based on Sameboat's originals to reduce three map variants to two: a preferred and then only one with both Crossrail 2 and a Barking Riverside tunnel for Abbey Wood shown. Also in December 2015, I introduced the simplification of the Metropolitan line (no longer including Uxbridge) and then the discovered platforms layout of High Street Kensington meant that a new line could simplify the Piccadilly line, called the Dukes line (after Barons Court and Earl's Court, and without a possessive apostrophe). In February 2016 I made a significant division between the more geographical maps and the more stylised maps, so the geographic incorporated the 2021 intention. This divided shorter TfL Overground (increased in number) and other TfL commuting lines (not shown) that would be coming into TfL management. In March 2016 I made the diagrammatic maps also follow the 2021 intention of TfL total control. After all, my maps are suggestions, and I approve of the intention. The maps became larger, Windsor was shown, and Spokes joined Chords in the Overground.
Then I caught up with the changes made by consultation to Crossrail 2, that despite public wishes TfL would move Crossrail 2 from Tooting Broadway to Balham, would simplify the route through Dalston rather than an option through Hackney (surely the better and more economic connection - especially with also a spur terminating at Hackney Central) and connecting at Wood Green with the Piccadilly line, missing out a better rail connection at Alexandra Park. This produced a third map.
After this I created the Termini line [on most maps so far], a line to link up major railway termini around London, with a standard tube size, and done with economy in mind. It connects Victoria and Paddington, adding a stop for the coach station. It shares the Bakerloo line and makes a new link to the Victoria line to improve Marylebone's connections. It shares with the Victoria line to make use of an existing line extension that allows tube trains to leave one platform at Kings Cross St. Pancras and return to another for departing. It elsewhere makes use of the Jubilee line and a new link to the Cricket line over the Thames, to spur off via Fenchurch Street station to Liverpool Street (sharing the Central line facilities).
Early April 2016 and I changed my cut down Crossrail 2 at the western end to go beyond Surbiton up the Hampton Court cul de sac as its only service and to end the repetition of routes to and from Epsom and instead use another cul de sac route of Chessington South, where again Crossrail 2 would be its only service. Otherwise these end routes form part of London Metro and are not Overground Spokes or Chords. I corrected Hackney stations to connect them with the walkway by the side of the tracks and extended Crossrail 2 (TfL preferred route) with a branch from Dalston to Hackney Central: this assumes new line and new station extension, unshown with a new imposed line.
May 2016 and I noticed that Sameboat had removed the River Thames from the map he produces [he had not - it is rather barely visible - and the change was made on 4th February 2016]. I presume this is because of distortion on the eastern side [or/ and perhaps it was too prominent - written June 2016]. Plus it cannot show at the same width throughout very easily. I also discovered the TfL 2004 prediction for 2016 map with lines suggested (especially east of London) that would have required expensive construction and even another crossing of the Thames. The Elizabeth line would have come from Kingston-upon-Thames rather than Reading and served Heathrow as now. These lines would not be cost-effective. The necessity is connectivity and choice by extending the Overground. There are land use possibilities of the DLR connecting to Barking. On this basis the 2004 map inspired me to do what I'd been tempted to try before and loop Beckton using the Beckton Corridor and extend to Barking via some useful stops along the North Circular Road. One imagines pedestrian links to both sides. Although there is a link from the Central Line to Dukes Line Underground, it would be better if the Football Chord made that link (and cannot) and so bus links work better instead. In June 2016 I added in the Short Chord near Heathrow and then made it part of the Golf Chord, turning its direction away from the overwhelmed Ealing Broadway but also removed the Hayes and Harlington stop from the changed Heathrow Express. Later changes meant Golf Chord went to Windsor and Eton Riverside.
June 22nd and 23rd 2016 I redrew the geographical map around Kings Cross, St. Pancas and Euston to increase accuracy. I also made the Mike Hall suggested renamings as I considered them.
July 21st 2016 I included Norwood Lake in all lines in the area (Thameslink had bypassed it yet stopped at all others - not sure what I was thinking) and added Selhurst to Gatwick Express for connectivity with the Diversity Chord regarding East Croydon. On July 26th I made consistent Lewisham entries, a Long Commute station (London Bridge and Hither Green etc., making a link not made by the Overground). On July 28th I added Yeats Mayo halt, something considered for a long time.
28th and 29th October 2016 I responded to news items about Heathrow Airport. It seems to me it needs the most flexible public transport approaches. I reworked the Diversity Chord so that it came to Heathrow via Sandwell Moor. It means one connection at Balham for Gatwick Express. The Tramlink extension to Biggin Hill also allows that airport to develop (say for goods - getting goods from Heathrow) even if the tram is relatively slow. I then took the Golf Chord to Windsor and Eton Riverside. This is all about efficient running. I envisage a passenger travelator over the M25 to deliver pedestrians to and from Heathrow Terminal 5. By having the Buslink South West travel to Wraysbury the connection from the Rugby Chord is better for both Terminals 5 and 4, with the bus stretching via Hatton Cross to Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Public transport is important to reduce pollution.
It seems to me that if London Biggin Hill Airport is to develop then it does need better transport connections, even if it was to take goods loads that use London Heathrow. So on 7th and 8th of November I created a second Tramlink route up to Hayes and Bromley. The reason is that although a route to East Croydon is very useful, it is a long stretch. More routes give more flexibility with outer east London and routes in and through the conurbation.
Then on 12th and 13th November I extended the Tramlink further to relieve Lewisham and solve the connectivity problem (partly tackled by the Beck Chord - including accepting the Barking Riverside Tunnel and rail extension to Abbey Wood) to Blackheath. Once Grove Park is not included, there are green routes right through to Kidbrooke and involves the new development there. On 15th November the Eastern Buslink was removed and replaced by a Docklands Light Railway extension long considered from Barking up to Newbury via Ilford.
23rd November 2016 with map and bird's eye view study I changed the Barking Riverside and Abbey Wood link to include a connection west for Plumstead and added a Thamesview station, and extended the Sheep Chord through to Barking. Such an extension along with the tram extensions means that the Beck Chord is really for journeys along its route, occupying lines and providing alternative junction movements, rather than any whole route journey.
What follows then is the principles and then the maps: the diagrammatic, and then the geographical operating maps, followed by substantive text that had accumulated errors ironed out in March 2016.
Or click to look at: Essay on General Principles
(Further below are:
Longer routes textClick here for Intercity/ Long Commute details just below and
Overground plus listsClick here for Routes list below)
The Operating Maps
Diagrammatic 1: Metro, Overground, Underground, Crossrail, Thameslink, Riverlink, Citylink Map
|Intercity and Long Commute
South east area routes are Long Commute TfL, except Intercity services originating from: Dover Priory, Hastings, Eastbourne, Seaford/ Lewes, Brighton, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton and Salisbury only (all else west is Intercity), and along the international line.
Long Commutes begin at these boundary limit stations: Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Reading, Aylesbury, Bletchley, Bedford, Huntingdon, Cambridge, Southminster, Shoeburyness, Harwich, Walton-on-Naze and Clacton. Anywhere beyond is Intercity and outside TfL.
LONDON OVERGROUND CHORDS and SPOKES
SELECTED LONDON METRO
SELECTED LONDON UNDERGROUND
Some of these suggestions may also be in the public domain for further actions:
In my scheme TfL has control over London Overground, London Underground, Thameslink, Riverlink, Tramlink, Crossrail (Elizabeth line)and Citylink and the airports Express and Connect services (as well as buses). TfL provides one ticket system for all stations. Where there is joint running with British Rail (or however named), they would co-operate and overlap ticketing. In my scheme all London Overground services are called Chords or Spokes and London Underground services are lines (lower case L after both TfL and Sameboat's practice).
Although there is no real justification for a crossing of the Thames at Barking Riverside if Crossrail 2 gets the go ahead, my second map variant includes both and my third map (geographical) now uses the TfL preferred Balham, Dalston and Wood Green route in my still cut-down rationalised suggestion. Hackney exists then exists only as a branch east, which rather misses a useful junction and cost cutting connection for the north. Like most, I still prefer Tooting Broadway over Balham, and Hackney must remain a better suggestion in a simplified route north. There is a continuous tunnel between north of Dalston/ Hackney and Wimbledon, with stations along the way including King's Road at Chelsea, near the Thames. From Wimbledon Crossrail 2 east and south makes use of existing rail corridors and has in my suggestion only two branches west of Wimbledon for Hampton Court and Chessington South. Crossrail 1 as the Elizabeth line is already a done deal, but in my view larger railway sized tunnels could have been used simply to link railway termini and create British rail through routes.
There are future suggestions of an eastern route south of the Thames that passes Bromley South and has a sharp corner west of Lee, thus providing a zig-zag route. Its route has appeared along with a Barking Riverside tunnel; but with TfL running all lines from 2021 it makes sense to have this Chord given the number of parallel routes in the east. Despite passengers being able to traverse the Thames via Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal, a Barking Riverside tunnel does give access to the London Overground going across north London, even if another tunnel remains an expensive option along with Crossrail 2. It's about time rail investment moved to the north and far west of England, and more for the valleys and south west of Wales!
I will keep to the name Elizabeth line for Crossrail but it should have been named Elizabeth Link or Elizabeth Connect for consistency with non-Underground routes. In fact it should have avoided a four syllable name.
Acton Old Oak (rather than calling it Acton Junction) connects Perrin Chord and Rugby Chord Overground via open walkways with the Central line Underground and Elizabeth line at nearby stations.
Bakerloo line has its northern terminus cut back to Wembley Central. Although consideration was given to expand the Bakerloo London Underground to Watford Junction, instead of having a London Overground service, the Shadrack Spoke involving a London Overground route change (thus from Euston to St. Pancras) to a reopened Primrose Hill and on to Camden Road instead means reducing routes repetition.
Bakerloo line has its southern terminus extended to Lewisham on the simplest possible scheme but which involves tunnelling under the A2. Chords then provide extensive connectivity.
Balham station is the connecting point between the Gatwick Express with its northern terminus at Victoria Station and the Diversity Chord that has its terminus at Stanwell Moor and a travelator connecting with Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Another connecting station is Selhurst, beyond which the Diversity Chord terminus is at West Croydon.
Bamber Spoke and Sisters terminates at Liverpool Street; Brothers Spoke terminates at Fenchurch Street (200 yards to Tower Hill; District line, Spiral line).
Bard Road as a basic interchange station is built on a viaduct in the same manner as Bramley Road (Spiral line), connecting with the Diversity Chord and Riverlink below.
Battersea extension (being built in reality) ought to connect with the Victoria line, not at the busy Vauxhall but at a new station called South Lambeth. It gets extended west to Clapham Junction, going under Battersea Park. Although TfL are calling the (reality) terminus 'Battersea Power Station' this reverts to the broader-based and easier to display Battersea. Battersea Park is within signed walking connection (not shown due to no stopping route on the maps) and Queenstown Road (not on the Overground) is further.
Beck Chord is the name alternatively for a zig zag of rail links against the grain to connect Abbey Wood with Beckenham junction, or a more modest route between Tulse Hill and Bromley South. It connects Crystal Palace to other routes via a new station called Norwood Lake.
Beckton no longer has a direct Docklands Light Railway service to Bank.
Bethnal Green (London Overground routes) is renamed Weavers Fields, to thus make it different from Bethnal Green (Central line) some 700 yards away.
Brixton Overground surely has to connect with the Victoria line with a new station complex. It can do this by building to connect the two viaduct lines that sweep east-west at the eastern end, and then via reduced to limited lengths of single tracks each, place platforms to each track where close to the existing BR station and with added access and walkways directly into the Victoria line.
Bromley receives the Wimbledon-Croydon tram service as with the wishes of its council members; the suggestion is that it connects Shortlands and Bromley North. In places the Beck Chord is single track as is the Tramlink, each with passing places and station waits.
Brondesbury and Kilburn stations are connected by walking as they are only 350 yards apart.
Brothers Spoke connects Enfield and Stratford linking Seven Sisters and South Tottenham (actually 200 yards walking distance apart) with a new station at Lea Pathway and (in real life too) at Lea Bridge. This simplifies traffic movements in relation to the Sisters Spoke (as renamed from the Enfield Line).
Caledonian Road and Barnsbury London Overground station is renamed The Cally, as painted on the bridge that carries the track.
Camberwell and Fielding Street are new stations on Thameslink. They serve local populations, and is an alternative to expensive/ alternative plans to the Bakerloo extension that involved tunnelling to Peckham Rye.
Camden Road second bridge across is developed with rails and platforms space recovered at the north side, this to take the Fox Chord terminus.
Canary Wharf consists of three separated stations with easy walks up to street level in between. The walks include next stations on the Docklands Light Railway.
Cat Chord is the name for the route between Wimbledon and Orpington with significant connections at a new Stretham Junction, Peckham Rye and Catford.
Change and simplify the District line via a rebranded and separated Tennis line of its own route. Although the Tennis line would benefit from a terminus at Baker Street, not Edgware Road, reversing trains there would block the available platforms for through trains.
Change is made to Sameboat's South Chord into two to simplify services. The Rugby Chord connects Highbury and Islington extended to Twickenham, and the Dog Chord, partly over the same lines, connects Whitechapel with New Cross Gate and West Croydon and also Whitechapel with New Cross and extended to Hayes. This provides a more intense service in the central London area and allows frequent regularity across the Rugby Chord and regarding north of New Cross/ New Cross Gate.
Change the Circle line name to Spiral line as part of the comprehensive renaming of lines and Chords. This is because it operates as a spiral and with the loss of the Hammersmith and City line name demonstrating the western spur as fully part of the Spiral line.
Change the original Northern line west route into the Unity line (Sameboat assumed this change calling it the Edgware line: not seen elsewhere; lines should not be named after stations, if leaving the Victoria line alone.
Chingford Hatch is a new station on the Bamber Spoke.
'Chord' is the name to identify all London Overground lines. This is for simplicity. (A chord is a straight line that dissects two points across a circle that does not penetrate the centre, and a line from the centre of the circle crosses the centre of a chord at a right angle. It has acquired use to identify an outer urban railway.)
Chords are named Beck, Rugby, Golf and Football (Tennis is in the London Underground), Oak and Lea, Emerson, Perrin, Diversity (Unity is in the London Underground), and Fox, Dog, Wolf, Goat and Cat. Shadrack and Bamber, Sisters and Brothers, and Elephant routes are Spokes. There is Citylink using Moorgate, Riverlink to the west and Thameslink via the City. There is Heathrow Express (that takes over from Heathrow Connect and its stops) when the Elizabeth line opens for Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5, Stansted Express and Gatwick Express. Crossrail includes Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4. Crossrail 1 as the Elizabeth line and a possible 2 would intersect at Tottenham Court Road.
Citylink uses the other north eastern route than Thameslink connecting Cambridge with Moorgate.
Close Tower Gateway and its Docklands Light Railway spur and open a Docklands Light Railway station called Tower Hill integrating with Tower Hill Underground station. This rearranged station also can serve Fenchurch Street British Rail station nearby.
Close the Earls Court to Kensington Olympia occasional branch.
Close the very occasional Overground link to Battersea Park with the Unity line complete to Battersea.
Close the Overground link north east of Crystal Palace, given the connections available.
Close Watford Station with the Metropolitan Line running through to Watford Junction, opening Cassiobridge and Watford High Street stations. (This will happen in reality.)
Connection is made by a spur of the tramline to South Wimbledon, so to link by tram the Cricket line and Tennis line. Crossrail 2 would also link Tooting Broadway (or Balham) and Wimbledon.
Connectivity does not exist practically speaking at Archway and Upper Holloway, West Ruislip and Ickenham (very far apart!), Leytonstone and Leytonstone High Road, nor between Manor Park and Woodrange Park. These suggestions limit walking connections to under 500 yards.
Cricket line is the renamed Northern Line, removing the geographical anomaly of its name and complementing the simplified Tennis line, Rugby Chord and Football Chord. A new set of platforms is built at the end and side of the Modern sidings, and the railway comes across the once car park space to then extend the Cricket line to Sutton. it is not possible, with the Wimbledon station layout, to extend the Tennis line to Modern South, and thus the Cat Chord continues for that section, allowing for quick stops at Wimbledon and reverses at Morden South.
Cricket line passes The Oval, the Football line passes Wembley Stadium, the Rugby Chord goes through Twickenham and the Tennis line goes near the Wimbledon All England Tennis and Croquet Club.
Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction may keep their old names, but under TfL preferred Crossrail 2 plans they would be united with a Crossrail station called Dalston. In which case, why not call it all simply Dalston?
District line Richmond and Ealing Broadway branches provide doubled-up service frequency so far as Barking.
Diversity Chord with its western terminus at Stanwell Moor has a significant turn at Old Oak Common and so provides a more intensive (with Riverlink) service across the Thames route in West London, and then its eastern terminus at West Croydon.
Docklands Light Railway loops from Beckton providing a one line one-way service down the Beckton Corridor to reconnect at Royal Albert. It extends to Barking alongside the eastern/ southern extent of the North Circular road, and then after a reversal continues up that corridor for Ilford and then through converted sidings to travel up a one-time rail link (replacing/ reducing allotments) for Newbury.
Dukes line takes the old Piccadilly between Uxbridge and Acton town, and parallels the District line from and including Chiswick Park, then turning to a terminus at High Street Kensington.
Elizabeth line extends to Dartford, Northfleet for Ebbsfleet International (with a new moving walkway connection) and Gravesend - a route via Paddington to and from Heathrow Terminal 4 and Reading.
Every Stanstead Express stops at Cheshunt and Hackney Downs as well as Tottenham Hale.
Football Chord connects West Ruislip and an extended Mill Hill Broadway via a new station at Brent Cross M1 (sometimes proposed as Brent Cross Thameslink) and at the new Gladstone Park, taking Sudbury Hill Harrow (walking distance from the Piccadilly line) and Wembley Stadium into the London Overground. There is a reversal south of the extended Neasden Junction (renamed) with a halt called Yeats Mayo (access to Yeats Close and Mayo Road).
Forest View Road is a new station on the Bamber Spoke and so is Withy Mead further north.
Gatwick Expresses should also stop at Balham, Selhurst and East Croydon for connectivity, Balham for Heathrow Airport (Diversity Chord) and East Croydon for London Biggin Hill Airport (Tramlink).
Gladstone Park is a shared halt on the Rugby Chord and Football Chord that restores a station once present but now has access to Park Side and the local housing area. There are footpaths to Olive Road and Kendal Road. Some passengers may use this as an exchange rather than Neasden Junction.
Golf Chord connects High Wycombe and Ealing Broadway, paralleling a section of the Central line and passing through Denham Golf Club station. Its name matches the Football Chord and the separated out Underground Tennis line. This Golf Chord gives added frequency of services in to and out of West London but turns west to then use the line to Windsor and Eton Riverside.
Hackney Central and Hackney Downs retain separate identities but a walkway between them effectively makes them one station (from July 2015).
Harlesden station is moved and expanded so as to provide connectivity between Rugby Chord and Shadrack Spoke, Riverlink and the Bakerloo line.
Harringay station is expanded so as to provide connectivity between Thameslink with Cambridge, Citylink also for Cambridge, and the Rugby Chord Overground. This is despite a short hop to Harringay Green Lanes, remaining open due to local convenience.
Heathrow Connect service closes when the stopping service Elizabeth line operates for Heathrow. Heathrow Express was non-stop to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 so now would stop only at Ealing Broadway for connectivity.
Highbury and Islington station forms a terminus for Shardrack Chord and Rugby Chord, whereas the Perrin Chord continues through. Citylink continues through as well. Track layouts mean that Mill Chord does not stop at this station so connections must be made at Canonbury or Drayton Park.
Holloway Road is renamed Holloway, as Holloway is the locality and Holloway Road contains a number of stations.
Kitten Chord is a short route between Staines and Barnes via Kew Bridge with a new station of crossing lines at Chiswick Village.
Lancaster Road is a connecting station on two railway lines that links the Mill Chord to the Oak Chord and the Rugby Chord.
Lea Chord connects Cheshunt and Stratford via Tottenham Hale with a new station (in real life too) at Lea Bridge. This takes away any need for a short Stansted Express connecting service between Tottenham Hale and Stratford. It reduces the argument for a Crossrail 2 in this area.
Lea Parkway is built to facilitate movement between the Bamber Spoke and both the Lea Chord and Brothers Spoke. This would be instead of reopening the Hall Farm Curve as the Brothers Spoke route is more effective.
Lines separated for London Underground are the Unity line (because it operates independently from the Cricket line - and this is true of the Northern line in reality), the Tennis line (to rationalise and simplify the District line) and the Dukes line (named after Barons Court and Earl's Court) so that the Piccadilly line is a single entity without a long unrelated spur from the Heathrow direction and utilises the spare platforms at High Street Kensington.
Loughborough Junction is moved south and changed so that Cat Chord connects with Thameslink.
Maiden Lane is reopened on the Fox Chord and Perrin Chord as a shared halt with walking signs to York Way on the Piccadilly line.
Metropolitan line is restored to Barking with the demise of the Hammersmith and City line. Services run through to Amersham and maintain the same frequency through the whole day. Chesham runs to and from Watford Junction half hourly. Watford Junction runs to and from Neasden Junction. The Uxbridge spur is closed, to become exclusive for the Dukes line (ex-Piccadilly) and West Harrow is relocated. The line to Watford is closed with the extension after Croxley to Watford Junction (as in reality) with stations Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road (replacing long-closed stations Croxley Green, Watford West and Watford Stadium).
Northern Heights railway is reopened as Mill Chord. From Edgware a single line halt is opened east of the A5109 south of Hale Drive. Two new platforms are built south of Marchant Close at Mill Hill Broadway after the double line skirts the northern end of Lyndhurst Park. From the west side of the main line, two lines can rise up and cross the M1 south of Bunns Lane on to old railway land. Construction involves limited demolition, with trees planted elsewhere after single line running east of the A1 between Colenso Drive and Longhurst Avenue to a halt east of Page Street. Thus the whole Chord connects Edgware with Mill Hill Broadway down to Finchley and across to Finsbury Park, and creates the opportunity to turn from Finsbury Park to Canonbury with its terminus at Hackney Central, facilitating eastern area and northern area movements.
Oak Chord connects Gospel Oak and Harringay in parallel with other chords. The terminus at Mitre Way (crosses the line) connects with the Diversity Chord bending around for Old Oak Common, a new station intended for the Elizabeth line/ High Speed 2.
Podlink connects both Brent Cross Overground/ Thameslink and Underground stations, through individual instruction pods along guided concrete roads, giving access through the retail park in its various sections, with a one-way clockwise loop near the western end.
Rugby Chord is the new name for North Chord (as used by Sameboat). It extends from Barking Riverside in the east via the new Gladstone Park (near a three way choice of lines) and via the partly new Harlesden via Twickenham with Staines as the terminus.
Putney and East Putney station are connected by a covered travelator and walkway north of the road.
Quaggy Rail is a new junction between the Tramlink extension from near Grove Park and Blackheath terminus with the Juno Spoke and Beck Chord.
Riverlink (rather than a second western Thameslink) connects Milton Keynes and Gatwick Airport.
Shadrack Spoke takes the previous Watford Line London Overground between Watford Junction and Highbury and Islington via Camden Road but, in that its route once went to Euston, it then drops down to St. Pancras. Other BR services connect Euston from stations on the previous Watford Line route.
'Shared halts' can of course be used in the same way as junctions: all the term implies is that junctions are nearby where two lines diverge or join. No other services stop at a shared halt except as illustrated on the diagram. This includes other British Rail services that may share the physical tracks.
Sheepcoat Culvert halt opens below Sheepcoat Lane and Culvert Road on the Unity line further extension in between Battersea and Clapham Junction.
Spiral line London Underground trains start at Hammersmith in a clockwise direction to end at Edgware Road (a spiral), with selected and rush hour extensions to Aldgate (a spiral then a circle), and start at Edgware Road (to be a spiral), or selected and rush hour extensions from Aldgate (to be a circle and then a spiral), to end at Hammersmith anti-clockwise.
Spokes are London Overground routes that terminate near the centre of London, and do not 'orbit' like Chords. Shadrack and Bamber, Sisters and Brothers, and Elephant routes are Spokes.
Streatham Junction is a new connecting station whilst nearby Streatham itself remains open.
Take away the Hammersmith and City line once the Elizabeth line is available and have the Spiral line (once the Circle line) like a spiral. Extend the Metropolitan line back to Barking in the east.
Termini line forms not quite an inner circle line, from Kings Cross St. Pancras west to Paddington, then a largely new line under mainly parkland between Paddington to Victoria (covering a route above that can be walked between Paddington and Lancaster Gate), and then via London Bridge to Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street, most of the route made up of many new links between existing lines.
Thamesview is a station for Thamesmead on the Sheep Chord and Beck Chord south of the Barking Riverside tunnel. There might be tram / DLR development to get into Thamesmead more centrally. There is access into local housing and the industrial area and the golf course.
Thameslink services connect Guildford and Luton Airport Parkway with Bedford via Loughborough Junction; Brighton with Gatwick Airport connects to Cambridge via Stevenage via New Cross Gate. All routes converge via Blackfriars and Kings Cross St Pancras International.
Tramlink is extended from New Addington in continuation through similar urban green spaces and the edges of green spaces and roads to the schools at the southern end of the urban space and then across the rural slopes to reach the Biggin Hill settlement, touching northern housing, in line with London Biggin Hill Airport and turning to follow the main thoroughfare, past the nearby RAF Chapel of Remembrance and terminating on land of the Biggin Hill Business Park, facilitating car parking and bus traffic and walking to nearby residential housing. Biggin Hill is further connected northwards to Bromley, itself connected to a new station called Quaggy Rail and on to Blackheath.
Tufnell Park has a second station on the Rugby Chord 150 yards from the Cricket line Station across two road crossings and down Dartmouth Park Hill with new access to the right.
Tulse Hill remains open but supported by new stations at Leigham Vale and Tulse Corner, with a walkway between the latter two. The Victoria line terminates at Tulse Hill, making use of platform capacity, and the Beck Chord starts there and halts at Tulse Corner.
Walkways between externally connected stations are always signed, sometimes covered in part or whole and sometimes have part travelators (moving walkways). These walkways may include Pelican or Toucan crossings and subways. Cycles share most walking routes especially along separated paths and ways; otherwise they must be walked.
West Harrow is relocated north of the allotments near to the old station with the closure of the Metropolitan line spur to Uxbridge. The Buslink provides lost connectivity.
Wolf Chord is the Dog Chord's connection with the Hayes route. Its terminus at Juno Halts is a simple reversal station that connects with the line below (about 50 yards) going between Whitechapel and West Croydon. New Cross further south connects with BR services to London Bridge and Cannon Street.
Yeats Mayo is a one platform two line relaid tracks with footbridge off the curve allowing driver swaps and a train halt with reversal on the Football Chord. Access is given to Yeats Close (two ways), Mayo Road (at its cul-de-sac) and by footpath over to Wharton Close. Rugby Chord trains are unaffected - there are rail points - and connections are made at nearby Neasden Junction.
York Way is a reopened York Road on the Piccadilly line serving the new Kings Cross development. It is also connected by walking with the also reopened Maiden Lane shared halt on the Fox Chord and Perrin Chord.
DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY
Note walking distances and signposting between Poplar, West India Quay, Canary Wharf and Heron Quays. This routes suggestion rationalises a service regarding Beckton.
Bank (Cricket line, Waterloo and City, Central, for Monument: District line, Spiral line); Tower Hill (District line, Spiral line, Boat, 200 yards to Fenchurch Street: BR, Long Commute, Brothers Spoke, Termini line); Shadwell [newly extended station] (Fox Chord, Dog Chord, Brothers Spoke); Limehouse (BR, Long Commute, Brothers Spoke); Westferry; Poplar (DLR change); Blackwall; East India; West Silvertown; Pontoon Dock; London City Airport; King George V; Woolwich Arsenal (BR, Long Commute, Sheep Chord, Boat terminus).
Bank (Cricket line, Waterloo and City, Central, for Monument: District line, Spiral line); Tower Hill (District line, Spiral line, Boat, 200 yards to Fenchurch Street: BR, Long Commute, Brothers Spoke, Termini line); Shadwell [newly extended station] (Fox Chord, Dog Chord, Brothers Spoke); Limehouse (BR, Long Commute, Brothers Spoke); Westferry; West India Quay; Canary Wharf (less than 100 yards each Crossrail, Jubilee line); Heron Quays; South Quay; Crossharbour; Mudchute; Island Gardens; Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (Boat); Greenwich; Deptford BR, Long Commuteidge; Elverson Road; Lewisham (Long Commute, Dog Chord, Wolf Chord, Bakerloo line).
Stratford (BR, Long Commute, Perrin Chord, Lea Chord, Brothers Spoke, Elizabeth line, Jubilee line, Central line, DLR connect); Pudding Mill Lane (Brothers Spoke); Bow Church; Devons Road; Langdon Park; All Saints; Poplar (DLR connect); West India Quay; Canary Wharf (Crossrail, Jubilee line); Heron Quays; South Quay; Crossharbour; Mudchute; Island Gardens; Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (Boat); Greenwich; Deptford BR, Long Commuteidge; Elverson Road; Lewisham (Long Commute, Dog Chord, Wolf Chord, Bakerloo line).
[One direction only, reversal:] Stratford International (BR, Long Commute); Stratford (BR, Long Commute, Perrin Chord, Lea Chord, Brothers Spoke, Elizabeth line, Jubilee line, Central line, DLR connect); Stratford High Street; Abbey Mills; West Ham (Metropolitan line, District line, Jubilee line); Star Lane; Canning Town (DLR connect); Royal Victoria (Cable car); Custom House for ExCeL (Elizabeth line); Prince Regent; Royal Albert; Beckton Park; Cyprus; Gallions Reach; Beckton, Gymnastics, Andrewes Gardens, Prince Regent - and all stops back to Stratford International.
Newbury (Central line); Lynn St. Johns; Kings Gardens; Ilford (Elizabeth line); Little Ilford Park; Barking (Rugby Chord, Perrin Chord, Sheep Chord, Metropolitan line, District line); Roding, Jenkins Lane, Greenway (Bus Link Eastern), Gallions Reach, Cyprus; Beckton Park; Royal Albert; Prince Regent; Custom House for ExCeL (Elizabeth line); Royal Victoria (Cable car); Canning Town (DLR connect), East India, Blackwall, Poplar (DLR connect).
Stratford International (BR, Long Commute); Stratford (BR, Long Commute, Perrin Chord, Lea Chord, Brothers Spoke, Elizabeth line, Jubilee line, Central line, DLR connect); Stratford High Street; Abbey Mills; West Ham (Metropolitan line, District line, Jubilee line); Star Lane; Canning Town (DLR connect); West Silvertown; Pontoon Dock; London City Airport; King George V; Woolwich Arsenal (BR, Long Commute, Sheep Chord, 400 yards Woolwich: Crossrail [Boat terminus further]).
SELECTED LONDON UNDERGROUND
[shared with Victoria line] Kings Cross St. Pancras (BR, Long Commute, Shadrack Spoke, Thameslink, Cricket line, Metropolitan line, Spiral line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria line, [Crossrail, with further links to Euston]); Euston (BR, Thameslink, Cricket line, Unity line, Spiral line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria line [Crossrail, with further links to Euston]); [own route] Great Portland Street (Spiral line, Metropolitan line); [shared with Bakerloo line] Marylebone (BR, Long Commute, Bakerloo line); Edgware Road (Bakerloo line); Paddington (BR, Long Commute, Heathrow Express, Bakerloo line, Tennis line, Spiral line - platforms ends to Paddington: Spiral line - spiral arm, Elizabeth line); [own route] Lancaster Gate (Central line); Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line); Victoria Coaches [Coach Station]); Victoria (BR, Long Commute, Gatwick Express, Spiral line, District line, Victoria line); [from own route to shared with Jubilee line] Westminster (Jubilee line, Spiral line, District line); Waterloo (Jubilee line, Spiral line Unity line, Bakerloo line, Waterloo and City line); Southwark (shared halt); [new link to shared with Cricket line] London Bridge (BR, Long Commute, Thameslink, Cricket line, Jubilee line); [own route] Fenchurch Street [new station] (BR, Long Commute, Brothers Chord); Liverpool Street [Central line platforms] (BR, Long Commute, Bamber Spoke, Sisters Spoke, Stansted Express, Spiral line, Metropolitan line, Central line, connects to Moorgate: Elizabeth line and walk to Moorgate: Cricket line).
Wimbledon (Perrin Chord, Sheep Chord, Tramlink [Crossrail]); Wimbledon Park; Southfields; East Putney (Travelator and 100 yards to Putney: Cat Chord); Putney BR, Long Commuteidge; Parsons Green; Fulham Broadway; West Brompton (Diversity Chord, Riverlink); Earl's Court (District line, Piccadilly line, Dukes line); High Street Kensington (Spiral line, Dukes line).
METROPOLITAN LINE routes
[both directions 1] Chesham; Chalfont & Latimer (BR, Long Commute).
[both directions 2] Amersham (BR, Long Commute); Chalfont & Latimer (BR, Long Commute); Chorleywood (BR, Long Commute); Rickmansworth (BR, Long Commute); Moor Park; Northwood; Northwood Hills; Pinner; North Harrow (Buslink North West); West Harrow; Harrow-on-the-Hill; Northwick Park; Preston Road; Wembley Park (Jubilee line); Neasden Junction (Football Chord, Rugby Chord, Jubilee line); Finchley Road (Jubilee line); Baker Street; (Jubilee line, Bakerloo line, Spiral line, Termini line) Great Portland Street (Spiral line, Termini line); Euston Square (shared halt [Crossrail: Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras International]); King’s Cross St. Pancras (BR, Long Commute, Shadrack Spoke, Thameslink - unified, Cricket line, Victoria line, Termini line [Crossrail: Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras International]); Farringdon (Spiral line, Thameslink - unified, walkway to Barbican); Barbican (Spiral line, Elizabeth line, walkway to Farringdon); Moorgate (Citylink, Spiral line, Cricket line, walkway to Liverpool Street next stop); Liverpool Street (BR, Long Commute, Sisters Spoke, Bamber Spoke, Stansted Express, Central line, Spiral line, Termini line, walkway to Moorgate next stop); Aldgate East (District line); Whitechapel (Fox Chord, Dog Chord, Elizabeth line, District line); Stepney Green (shared halt); Mile End (central line, District line); Bow Road shared halt, 100 yards to Bow: Brothers Spoke, a further 150 yards to Bow Church: Docklands Light Railway); Bromley-by-Bow (shared halt); West Ham (BR, Long Commute, Jubilee line; Docklands Light Railway); Plaistow (shared halt); Upton Park (shared halt); East Ham (shared halt); Barking (BR, Long Commute, Sheep Chord, Rugby Chord, Perrin Chord, District line).
[both directions 3] Watford Junction (BR, Long Commute, Shadrack Spoke, Riverlink); Watford High Street (Shadrack Spoke); Croxley; Moor Park; Northwood; Northwood Hills; Pinner; North Harrow (Buslink North West); West Harrow; Harrow-on-the-Hill; Northwick Park; Preston Road; Wembley Park (Jubilee line).
Clapham Junction (BR, Long Commute, Cat Chord, Diversity Chord, Riverlink, Unity line, [Crossrail]); Sheepcote Culvert; Battersea; Nine Elms; Lambeth South (Victoria line); Kennington (Cricket line); Waterloo (BR, Long Commute, Bakerloo line, Jubilee line, Waterloo & City line, Termini line); Embankment (Bakerloo line, District line, Spiral line); Charing Cross (BR, Long Commute, Bakerloo line); Leicester Square (Piccadilly line); Tottenham Court Road (Crossrail, Central line); Goodge Street; Warren Street (Victoria line); Euston (BR, Long Commute, Cricket line, Victoria line, Termini line); Mornington Crescent; Camden Town (Cricket line); Chalk Farm (150 yards to Primrose Hill: Shadrack Spoke); Belsize Park; Hampstead; Golders Green; Brent Cross (Podlink for Brent Cross Shopping, Buslink Brent Cross); Hendon Central; Colindale; Burnt Oak; Edgware (Mill Chord; Buslink North West)
Tulse Hill (BR, Long Commute, Sheep Chord, Thameslink - south western); Herne Hill (BR, Long Commute, Thameslink - south western); BR, Long Commuteixton (BR, Long Commute, Cat Chord); Stockwell (Cricket line); Lambeth South (Unity line); Vauxhall (BR, Long Commute); Pimlico; Victoria (BR, Long Commute, District line, Spiral line, Termini line, Gatwick Express [Crossrail]); Green Park (Piccadilly line); Oxford Circus (Central line, Bakerloo line); Warren Street (Unity line); Euston (BR, Long Commute, Unity line, Cricket line, Termini line [Crossrail Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras); King's Cross St. Pancras (BR, Long Commute, Shadrack Spoke, Thameslink - unified, Piccadilly line, Cricket line, Termini line [Crossrail Euston Kings Cross St. Pancras)); Highbury & Islington (Perrin Chord, Fox Chord, Citylink); Finsbury Park (Mill Chord, Citylink, Thameslink - north eastern, Piccadilly line); Seven Sisters (Sisters Spoke, Brothers Spoke [Crossrail]); [north] Northumberland Park (shared halt); Angel Road (Lea Chord); [east] Blackhorse Road (Rugby Chord); Walthamstow Central (Bamber Spoke, 200 yards to Walthamstow Queen's Road: Rugby Chord).