Monday, 21 April 2008

The 13th train line colour for London

When does a bench mean more than just the bench itself...?

Well here at Hampstead Heath Station (now in zone 2 - hurrah!) the benches have been repainted this orange (ish) colour for the new Overground livery colours.

It got me thinking about the other colours of the map and a bit of research (not tricky research you understand) yielded that the London Underground map has twleve colour coded lines and this makes a 13th on the famous TfL map of London:
  • Bakerloo Line (Brown)
  • Central Line (Red)
  • Circle Line (Yellow)
  • District Line (Green)
  • East London Line* (Orange)
  • Hammersmith & City Line (Pink)
  • Jubilee Line (Silver)
  • Metropolitan Line (Purple)
  • Northern Line (Black)
  • Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue)
  • Victoria Line (Light Blue)
  • Waterloo & City Line (Pale Blue)

Harry Beck famously takes the credit for the first meaningful diagramtic map of the transport system in 1933. There are all sorts of little features that might go un-noticed at first glance. For example the Thames is either a straight line or at 45 degrees. There is a direct differentiation between stops and interchanges. The map itself at concept was very controversial and within London Transport management structures quite political and laden with personal relationships.

The reality however is the impressive map we have today and one of the results is that the benches at Hampstead Heath station have been repainted as part of the livery coding that started with Harry Beck working in his spare time to design a better map...

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/communityandeducation/2443.aspx

http://www.design-technology.info/alevelsubsite/page5.htm

http://www.harrybeck.co.uk/

3 comments:

thechristophe said...

Have you seen http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/transport/docs/transportmap2016.pdf

interesting stuff, even more interesting as it already has trams on it, why people are therefore rubbishing Paddick's tram proposals is beyond me!

Anonymous said...

Does the DLR not count?

David Bertram said...

Isn't this exactly the same orange colour that the East London Line has been using since it was set uop as an idependent business unit within LUL in c1992? So not new at all.