diamond geezer

 Monday, January 08, 2018

Now that the new tube map is out, let's point the spotlight at a tiny addition in north London. It's on the Goblin - the Overground line from Gospel Oak to Barking - and it's an interchange which previously wasn't there. You could have walked it, that's always been possible, but someone's suddenly decided it deserves to be on the map. It's Archway to Upper Holloway.



I went to Archway to give the new connection a try. It's quite a walk, which anyone choosing to interchange here might not be expecting. From Archway it's a walk down the Holloway Road, and from Upper Holloway it's an uphill climb instead. Nobody's erected special signs telling people where to go, but a map outside each station shows the location of the other, if you think to look. Both maps suggest a walk of just over five minutes. I walked it in 4 minutes 20.

Adding this connection to the tube map introduces a link between the Goblin and the Northern line for the first time. Previously a traveller trying to get from Finchley to Walthamstow might have assumed they'd have to go all the way into central London and back out, whereas now a change at Archway looks the way to go. And even though it involves exiting one station and entering another it doesn't cost extra, because TfL have this link set up as an Out of Station interchange (or OSI).

But why have the map designers suddenly added this link, and not some of the other possible Goblin connections? Maybe a look along the line will help us find out.

Goblin stationOther stationOn map?Walking timeNotes
Gospel OakGospel OakYes10sObviously this is on the map. What's new is that the two blobs have suddenly been nudged apart, whereas they used to be touching.
Upper HollowayArchwayYes4 min 20sNever before shown on the tube map. Now shown on the tube map. [OSI]
Crouch Hill---There are no other stations within a 10 minute walk of Crouch Hill.
Harringay Green LanesHarringayNo6 minNot on the tube map, because Harringay isn't a TfL station. [OSI]
South TottenhamSeven SistersNo4 minReally ought to be on the tube map, because it's a shorter walk than Archway to Upper Holloway, but someone seems determined not to add it. [OSI]
Blackhorse RoadBlackhorse RoadYes30sObviously this is on the map.
Walthamstow Queen's RoadWalthamstow CentralYes3 min 45sAdded in 2014, with the opening of a new staircase and direct link via Edison Close. [OSI]
Leyton Midland RoadLeytonNo-Don't be fooled, Leyton Midland Road is a mile away from Leyton.
Leytonstone High RoadLeytonstoneNo7 min 30sA bit of a hike, but is signposted, and an entirely practical interchange between the Goblin and the Central line. [OSI]
Wanstead ParkForest GateYes3 minHas been on the tube map ever since TfL Rail first appeared in 2015. Straightforward. Line of sight. [OSI]
Woodgrange ParkManor ParkNo4 minNot on the map because Wanstead Park to Forest Gate is a better interchange. But still very doable. [OSI]
BarkingBarkingYes5sObviously this is on the map. Amusingly TfL depicted it wrongly on the May 2017 map, using one blue blob, whereas it ought to have been one white blob and one blue blob, which it is now. What a mess.

I still think South Tottenham to Seven Sisters would be a better addition, practically speaking, but looking on the map it would be an awfully messy thing to squeeze in, so maybe that's why the designers haven't bothered. In the meantime expect hundreds more people to end up walking down the Holloway Road in future, because the tube map told them so.


<< click for Newer posts

click for Older Posts >>


click to return to the main page


...or read more in my monthly archives
Jan17  Feb17  Mar17  Apr17  May17  Jun17  Jul17  Aug17  Sep17  Oct17  Nov17  Dec17
Jan16  Feb16  Mar16  Apr16  May16  Jun16  Jul16  Aug16  Sep16  Oct16  Nov16  Dec16
Jan15  Feb15  Mar15  Apr15  May15  Jun15  Jul15  Aug15  Sep15  Oct15  Nov15  Dec15
Jan14  Feb14  Mar14  Apr14  May14  Jun14  Jul14  Aug14  Sep14  Oct14  Nov14  Dec14
Jan13  Feb13  Mar13  Apr13  May13  Jun13  Jul13  Aug13  Sep13  Oct13  Nov13  Dec13
Jan12  Feb12  Mar12  Apr12  May12  Jun12  Jul12  Aug12  Sep12  Oct12  Nov12  Dec12
Jan11  Feb11  Mar11  Apr11  May11  Jun11  Jul11  Aug11  Sep11  Oct11  Nov11  Dec11
Jan10  Feb10  Mar10  Apr10  May10  Jun10  Jul10  Aug10  Sep10  Oct10  Nov10  Dec10 
Jan09  Feb09  Mar09  Apr09  May09  Jun09  Jul09  Aug09  Sep09  Oct09  Nov09  Dec09
Jan08  Feb08  Mar08  Apr08  May08  Jun08  Jul08  Aug08  Sep08  Oct08  Nov08  Dec08
Jan07  Feb07  Mar07  Apr07  May07  Jun07  Jul07  Aug07  Sep07  Oct07  Nov07  Dec07
Jan06  Feb06  Mar06  Apr06  May06  Jun06  Jul06  Aug06  Sep06  Oct06  Nov06  Dec06
Jan05  Feb05  Mar05  Apr05  May05  Jun05  Jul05  Aug05  Sep05  Oct05  Nov05  Dec05
Jan04  Feb04  Mar04  Apr04  May04  Jun04  Jul04  Aug04  Sep04  Oct04  Nov04  Dec04
Jan03  Feb03  Mar03  Apr03  May03  Jun03  Jul03  Aug03  Sep03  Oct03  Nov03  Dec03
 Jan02  Feb02  Mar02  Apr02  May02  Jun02  Jul02 Aug02  Sep02  Oct02  Nov02  Dec02 

eXTReMe Tracker
jack of diamonds
Life viewed from London E3

» email me
» follow me on twitter
» follow the blog on Twitter
» follow the blog on RSS

my flickr photostream