New railway depicted on the map in purple for the first time with new stations and connections to the rest of the TfL network
The latest Tube map has been unveiled with the biggest change in recent history - the addition of the Elizabeth line. Transport for London (TfL) has published the latest map that shows the new railway and its stations ahead of its launch on Tuesday 24 May.
Services on the Elizabeth line's new central section will run from Paddington to Abbey Wood through the tunnels beneath London constructed by Crossrail. This ground-breaking new route now appears on the iconic Tube map as a double purple line rather than a solid line to differentiate the Elizabeth line as a new railway as opposed to a London Underground line.
The Elizabeth line will initially run 12 trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood, Monday to Saturday. New stations are now in the final stages of preparations ahead of opening to customers including signage and customer information.
To assist customers finding their way to or from the new stations, there have also been updates made to signage and wayfinding across London. The free TfL Go app will be updated to show the route as well as full accessibility information for users from launch day. Apps that use TfL's open data feed will show new station locations and entrances.
The existing TfL Rail lines from Paddington to Heathrow and Reading, and from Liverpool Street to Shenfield become rebranded as part of the Elizabeth line from day one of opening and are also displayed on the map in Elizabeth line purple. Customers will initially be required to change at Paddington and Liverpool Street to access Elizabeth line services in the new central section.
All stations on the Elizabeth line will be step-free by the end of this year, with work continuing to provide lifts at Ilford and Romford stations. Stations from Paddington to Woolwich and at Heathrow provide level access from platforms to trains, which is reflected on the map.
The new Barking Riverside station on London Overground has also been added to the map. The extension from Barking to Barking Riverside will provide the area with new public transport links, improving connectivity and accessibility in the area when it opens in autumn.
Julie Dixon, Interim Customer and Revenue Director, said: "Our world-renowned map now has another iconic addition in the Elizabeth line, which will serve London and the south east for hundreds of years to come. When we open on Tuesday 24 May, the new Elizabeth line will begin providing greater connectivity and step-free access from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood through the centre of London.
"This latest Tube map is a real credit to the team who have put it together. It has been both a challenge and a privilege to update Harry Beck's original design to literally put a new piece of transport history on the map. This latest version takes into account a number of wider changes to the transport network, but will ensure Londoners and visitors alike are able to navigate around our transport network with ease."
The Bank branch of the Northern line reopened on 16 May, this has been reflected on the map. The temporary closure enabled the completion of vital work on the new Northern line tunnel, platform and passenger concourse at Bank station as part of the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade. During this closure, work has also taken place on lifts and escalators, as well as refurbishment work at Borough and enabling works for the future Elephant & Castle Station upgrade. Harrow-on-the-Hill station, which became step-free in March 2022, has also been updated on the new map.
The front cover of the updated pocket Tube map has been created by London-based artist, Joy Labinjo. Her original artwork, titled 'Twist Out', captures an intimate mother-daughter routine as a mother is seen preparing her daughter's hair for a 'twist out' hairstyle, drawing on the artist's life experiences and memories as a British-Nigerian woman.
The new Tube map will also be sponsored by IKEA for the next 12 months, with markers showing the nearest public transport options to their stores.
Michael Hawkins, London market area manager at IKEA, said: "As we create a more accessible and sustainable IKEA, we want to make it easier for our customers to visit us via public transport. Sponsoring the instantly recognisable design icon that is the Tube map will support customers in finding the easiest way to us."
Bond Street Elizabeth line station will open later this year. Work continues at Bond Street to complete the station for customers as soon as possible. There will be two entrances, one at Davies Street (providing interchanges with the Central and Jubilee lines) and one at Hanover Square.
Notes to editors
- All Tube and Rail services in London can be viewed on the London Tube and Rail Map available to download here tfl.gov.uk/maps/track
- Direct Elizabeth line journeys from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield into the centre of London will be possible from autumn this year, with the full Elizabeth line timetable in place from May 2023
- Free WiFi will be available at some Elizabeth line stations from 24 May 2022, which TfL will collect depersonalised connection data from to help provide a far better understanding of how customers move through stations. It is not used to identify specific individuals or monitor browsing activity. For more information please visit tfl.gov.uk/wifi-data-collection
- London's cable car, which will no longer be sponsored by Emirates when their sponsorship ends in June, is renamed London Cable Car.
The History of the Tube Map
- The Tube map was originally the brainchild of Underground electrical draughtsman, Harry Beck, who produced the imaginative yet simple design for a diagrammatic map in 1931.
First published in 1933, it is now an essential guide to London and is used as a template for transport maps around the world. Nearly 90 years on, the map is still recognisable as an iconic symbol of London.