A couple of years ago I was handed a map of the tube as it might appear this coming September. Ever since, there has been some low-level speculation as to how the tube map will be adapted to reflect the impending reality.
I am of course talking about the advent of 24-hour running on the Underground at weekends.
Will we get a new tube map for night owls, or will the current map adapt the dagger (dg passim) and cover the map with more daggers or even little crescent moons?
Some of the more barmy sorts might claim that last one is an Islamic takeover though.
Regular tube map designer, Max Roberts has also turned his eye and computer to the matter, and come up with a concept map of how the night-tube might look, if the day-map were also redesigned, and then printed in reverse for night users.
As he notes in his monthly newsletter though, “As a marketing device, it looks spectacular and clear printed out large-size, but its focus is more on visual excitement than usability.”
Whatever the solution, it’ll have to offer potentially a more complex range of options to include night buses from key locations to assure people that onward travel is possible where the night tube doesn’t go.
The night tube is due to start on Saturday 12th September.