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This alternative tube map has replaced the Underground line names with numbers

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

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It's been a big week for alternative tube maps, what with tube map that shows how many calories you'd burn by walking between stations, the literary tube map and now, a new-and-improved version of the existing TfL tube map. We love a good tube map as much as the next person, but this might be getting out of hand.

The latest alternative tube map comes courtesy of freelance illustrator and map designer Mike Hall and he's made some controversial changes, including doing away with the London Underground line names and replacing them with numbers. So the Victoria line would now be number 12 line, which we're not entirely sure we approve of. But we do appreciate the fact that he's given each of the London Overground lines a different colour, including the newly incorporated lines, in an attempt to get rid of the sea of orange lines on TfL's current version. In keeping with his minimalist theme, the Overground lines have been labelled A-F.

And for those annoying lines with multiple branches (we're looking at you, Northern line), he's separated these out into extra lines, including giving the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line a swanky new golden look. The awkward issue of having two Bethnal Green stations has been resolved by simply renaming the Central Line station 'Bethnal Green Gardens'. Oh, and he's renamed Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station as just 'Barnsbury', purely because it was 'long-winded'. And who are we to argue?

Want more alternative tube maps? Yeah ya do!

This one shows how many calories you burn walking between stations

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