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MAYOR OF LONDON ANNOUNCES £6.3 MILLION REVAMP OF LONDON OVERGROUND LINES INCLUDING RENAMING LINES TO 'LIONESS' AND ‘WINDRUSH’

MAYOR OF LONDON ANNOUNCES £6.3 MILLION  REVAMP OF LONDON OVERGROUND LINES INCLUDING RENAMING LINES TO 'LIONESS' AND ‘WINDRUSH’
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MAYOR OF LONDON ANNOUNCES £6.3 MILLION REVAMP OF LONDON OVERGROUND LINES INCLUDING RENAMING LINES TO 'LIONESS' AND ‘WINDRUSH’

MAYOR OF LONDON ANNOUNCES £6.3 MILLION  REVAMP OF LONDON OVERGROUND LINES INCLUDING RENAMING LINES TO 'LIONESS' AND ‘WINDRUSH’

London Overground to Undergo Revamp: Introducing Cultural Names and Colours for Improved Navigation

London's iconic Overground network is undergoing a significant transformation aimed at enhancing passenger experience and simplifying navigation. In a bold move, each of the six branches comprising the stretching the 113-station network will be given  unique names and vibrant colours, marking the end of the notable orange-bordered lines on the Tube map.

Among the notable changes is the changing of the Euston to Watford Junction stretch of the Overground, a route frequented by commuters and sports enthusiasts alike. This segment will now be known as the "Lioness Line," paying homage to the England women's football team's triumphant Euro victory at Wembley Stadium in 2022. This renaming not only immortalises a historic sporting achievement but also celebrates the spirit of London's vibrant sports culture.

In addition to the Lioness Line, other sections of the Overground will receive equally evocative monikers, each reflecting a facet of London's rich tapestry of history and culture. The Suffragette Line, Windrush Line, Weaver Line, Mildmay Line, and Liberty Line will each carve out their identities, adding depth and resonance to the Overground experience.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has championed this £6.3 million rebranding initiative, emphasising its dual purpose of streamlining passenger navigation and honouring London's diverse heritage. By assigning distinct colours and identities to each Overground line, the mayor aims to simplify the journey for commuters and tourists alike, fostering a sense of cohesion and accessibility across the network.

In his statement, Mayor Khan underscored the significance of this rebranding effort in celebrating London's culture and recent history. He expressed confidence that the revamped Overground will not only facilitate seamless travel but also serve as a tribute to the city's dynamic spirit and collective achievements.

As the London Overground embarks on this transformative journey, passengers can look forward to a more intuitive and vibrant commuting experience, where every line tells a story and every journey is infused with the essence of London's rich heritage.

He said: “Giving each of the Overground lines distinct colours and identities will make it simpler and easier for passengers to get around.
“In re-imagining London’s Tube map, we are also honouring and celebrating different parts of London’s unique local history and culture.
“The new names and colours have been chosen through engagement with passengers, historians and local communities, reflecting the heritage and diversity of our amazing city.”

- The Lioness Line, connecting Euston to Watford Junction, will feature vibrant yellow parallel lines. Named in honour of the England women’s football team, this designation celebrates their Euro victory and aims to inspire future generations of women and girls in sports.

- Represented by blue parallel lines, the Mildmay Line links Stratford to Richmond/Clapham Junction. This route pays tribute to the Mildmay Mission, a charitable hospital in Shoreditch with a 160-year legacy of caring for Londoners and treating diseases from cholera to HIV.

- Travellers on the Windrush Line will journey from Highbury & Islington to Clapham Junction, New Cross, Crystal Palace, and West Croydon. Marked by  red parallel lines, this route traverses areas with strong ties to Caribbean communities, such as Dalston Junction and Peckham Rye.

- The Weaver Line, servicing Liverpool Street to Cheshunt, Enfield Town, and Chingford, will be distinguished by  maroon borders. Passing through historic textile trade areas like Spitalfields and Bethnal Green, this route pays homage to London’s industrious past.

- The Suffragette Line, branching from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside, will be marked by green borders. This designation celebrates the East End working-class movement that championed women’s rights, with Barking being the home of suffragette Annie Huggett, who lived to the age of 103.

- The Liberty Line, a short route between Romford and Upminster, will be denoted by understated grey parallel lines. Reflecting Havering’s tradition of self-governance, this route underscores the borough’s autonomy within London.

TfL commissioner Andy Lord stated: “The network which has grown quite considerably since 2007, is currently shown as a complicated network of orange on routes maps.  This can be confusing for customers less familiar with the network and could be a barrier for some wanting to use the London Overground

“These new names and line colours will simplify the maps and routes for our customers, and it is hoped it will encourage more people to make the most of our services. It is also a great way to tell the stories of some important parts of London’s cultural diversity.”

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