It may be a good few years yet before people will start planning railway trips involving Crossrail trains, but that hasn’t stopped some over enthusiastic map maker adding it to train maps on display at some London train stations.
It also caused a bit of confusion for a moment as I was at Loughborough Junction and wanting to head to the Tottenham Court Road area, and was trying to wonder what this line was that I hadn’t considered that could take me directly from Farringdon to TCR station.
Ahh, it’s Crossrail.
Hang on though – that bit of the line is not expected to open until 2018.
I wouldn’t have been overly surprised to see Crossrail starting to appear on public maps as an “under construction” service from maybe 2016 in the central section, but I think 2013 is a bit early.
Actually, I find the tendency to put services onto maps while they are still being built to be quite annoying. Maybe a few months in advance of the launch is acceptable as maps might not be changed in time, but a year or more is quite irksome, as it is more political than practical.
I wonder when we will see Crossrail 2 appearing on the maps?