The future of London’s tube map is a little bit stressful.

London is growing at a high rate. After 40 years of decline in population finally ended in 1991 – when it hit a low of 6.1 million – an era of major urban regeneration has seen the capital grow to a record high of 8.9 million Londoners in 2019 – and it shows no sign of slowing down. 

With 17 per cent of all Brits living in town, we’re going to be asking for more ways to get around. The Elizabeth Line will be delayed until the end of time in 2022, but this unofficial tube map, created by designer Ali Carr, explains what plans transport chiefs have in the long term.

2020 VS 2040

The Bakerloo line in south-east London will run along the Old Kent Road to New Cross, Lewisham, and onto Catford, Hayes, and Beckenham Junction; meanwhile the Elizabeth Line (nee Crossrail) will extend past Abbey Wood to Dartford and Gravesend. CONNECTIONS!

In north-east London, Crossrail 2 will form new connections between Dalston, Seven Sisters and Alexandra Palace and head as far north as Broxbourne. At the same time, the tangle of London Overground services will glow as orange as ever.

Meanwhile, in Central London, the tube map is becoming slightly bewildering. Euston Square, Euston, Kings Cross and St. Pancras merge into a vast transit hub in this diagram; even they’re almost a kilometre apart.

Other things to spot… an extension of the South London tram service to Sutton; the Crossrail 2 service reaching south as Epsom and Shepparton; the controversial division of the Northern Line into two separate lines (breaking up is hard to do!) and the spur for Battersea Power Station; plus all-new London Overground services in West London. Exciting times!