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?