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22.05.15

New Tube map marks launch of TfL Rail

Transport for London (TfL) has released a new Tube map to mark the arrival of 28 new Overground stations onto its network, along with the launch of TfL Rail.

The new map has a lot more orange than previous versions, showing that London Overground is to take over services to 28 new stations that are currently served by Abellio Greater Anglia, including lines out of Liverpool Street to Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield. The Emerson Park line is now an Overground service too.

TfL will also take over the running of Shenfield to Liverpool Street, a service that will eventually become part of Crossrail. Until then it will be operated under the brand TfL Rail, so the current rolling stock and service levels aren’t confused with what the future Crossrail brand will offer.

The services will all transfer to TfL operation starting 31 May and when they do over 80% of current rail journeys will reduce in price, with the remaining 20% of fares remaining unchanged.

Examples of the new fares are:

  • Peak Zones 1-6 pay as you go fare from Romford to Oxford Circus will fall from £7.60 to £5.10 (a 30% reduction) with the off-peak fare falling from £5.20 to £3.10 (a 40% reduction) 
  • Peak Zones 1-6 pay as you go fare from Cheshunt to Zone 1 will fall from £8.20 to £6.90 (a 15% reduction) with the off-peak fare falling from £6.20 to £4.00 (a 35% reduction)

Managing director of London Rail, Mike Brown, said: “We are very pleased to take over responsibility for these routes into and out of Liverpool Street and, over time, look forward to improving the services for the passengers using them.

“Just as on London Underground, people will see staff at our stations at all times when trains are running – providing reassurance to the public as well as a turn up and go service for disabled customers.

“Passengers will also benefit from new fares which, in the most cases, will save them money, with Oyster and contactless payment continuing to provide the best value.”

The new map also shows that a kink has been introduced into the Central line, paving the way for a future Crossrail line, between Kingsway and Bond Street.

Above the key to the lines there is also a box to advertise the forthcoming Night Tube service. It reads: “From the early hours of 12 September 2015, Londoners and visitors will be able to travel on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern Tube lines all night on Fridays and Saturdays.”

Stephen Locke, chair of watchdog London TravelWatch, said: "This transfer represents a very important step towards what we hope will be a major change in the way London’s train services are run – integrating them with TfL’s other transport services to give passengers a much better deal.

"Over the last eight years, passengers have benefited from the much improved quality of London Overground services, with decent standards for stations, enhanced ticketing facilities, additional staffing where appropriate and improved passenger information. As well as benefiting from lower fares and better value for money, we expect passengers to see an immediate improvement in some key areas such as the cleanliness of stations. We hope that this transfer of responsibility to TfL will become a model for national rail services elsewhere in London, especially south of the river where passengers have had a raw deal for far too long. We will be watching developments closely to ensure that the promised improvements are fully realised."

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Comments

Ayo   26/05/2015 at 12:20

It would be great if there was an interchange station at Shoreditch High street area where the train lines cross the north London lines to reduce congestion at Lpool street and provide better access and connectivity between the "London Overground" lines. Also, I would hope there would be some CIS/PID screens at both Hackney stations and ForestGate/Wanstead Park stations to show next train times for these stations as they are not as close for interchanging + it will help passengers know how quickly they need to get to the next station! As usual, train times less than 5mins could be removed to avoid running and other hazards.

Ayo   26/05/2015 at 12:23

Great work! It would be great if there was an interchange station at Shoreditch High street area where the train lines cross the East London lines to reduce congestion at Liverpool street and provide better access and connectivity between the "London Overground/Tfl Rail" lines. Also, I would hope there would be some CIS/PID screens at both Hackney stations and Forest Gate/Wanstead Park stations to show next train times for these stations as they are not so close for interchanging + it will help passengers know how quickly they need to get to the next station! As usual, train times less than 5mins could be removed to avoid running and other hazards.

P Day   26/05/2015 at 12:51

So if CRL is running from Shenfield and Liverpool St managed by TfL, we can only assume priority will be given to these operators to demonstrate the “success” of the project but what impact is this going to have on the existing services on the already congested routes operated by Abellio? Already we are experiencing time tabled cancelations for the commuter trains from East Anglia is this going to be the future in which case it is not looking bright.

Richard Wills-Woodward   26/05/2015 at 15:20

Where's Thameslink then? Thameslink is already a Crosssrail and there is a second one through Olympia for central London's western area. If Crossrail (as a 3rd Cross London line) is going to be shown, how about bringing the other two in as they are metro's through London's core as well.

Andrew Gwilt   27/05/2015 at 00:38

London Overground to take over the West Anglia Metro services between Liverpool Street-Chestnut, Enfield Town, Chingford and the Romford-Upminster routes and TFL Rail to take over the Liverpool Street-Shenfield Metro service. Has London Overground missed out stations including Tottenham Hale, Northumberland Park, Angel Road, Ponders End, Brimsdown, Enfield Lock and Waltham Cross or is that to be taken over by Crossrail 2 in the near future as Crossrail 2 will be operating to Southwest London-Hampton Court, Hampton Town, Twickenham, Shepperton, Chessington North, Chessington South and Epsom.

Saltpot   29/05/2015 at 19:48

No doubt millions of pounds will be spent on new colours, name change etc. how about spending the money on signalling equipment instead, getting a fair share of problems with the Shenfield line of late.

Trevor Millar   30/05/2015 at 01:03

once again c2c is the poor relation; why has this line, one of the most crowded on the system, been left out? There is a crying need for earlier morning trains on sunday, especially on the tilbury loop; already it is standing room only after grays, and jammed like sardines after barking, with the crush only relieved when half the passengers detrain @ west ham for canary wharf!

Andrew Braddock   19/06/2015 at 17:50

The new Tube Map is a nonsense and the time has come to follow Berlin's excellent example and create a Rail Map for London (as exists on the reverese of the National Rail London & South East rail services map). LU's obsession with the so-called pocket size needs to be abandoned and the space given up for advertising (currently MBNA) should revert to customer needs with the whole thing on A4 folded to A5 or folded twice to A6. The Overground is not "Tube" and neither is TfL Rail (or Crossrail when it starts). It's completely bonkers to have a map of Underground lines plus a few former National Rail lines just because TfL controls them, and if the problem is fare structure differences just remove the zones from the map - it's too cluttered with extraneous detail anyway.

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