Transport for London (TfL) has released a fascinating set of plans showing 124 of London’s underground stations in glorious 3D format
The TfL axonometrics, which were published following a Freedom of Information request by Georges Vehres, reveal the warren of tunnels existing underneath London as part of the world’s oldest tube network.
Described on website Ian Visits as a ‘motherlode of tube and map geekery’, the 3D maps show details of the longest escalator in the country delving deep into north London at Angel station, the mammoth cavern which was excavated as part of Westminster’s Jubliee Line upgrade as well as the warren of pedestrian and tube tunnels underneath Bank tube station.
Waterloo’s underground lair needed three separate maps to cover the tunnels underneath the mainline station while Kings Cross shows the close vicinity of all the separate tube lines which cross cross the site.
Euston’s map also reveals the location of now dis-used tunnels which used to be connected to the tube network (see plans for all stations in attached pdfs).
The annotated maps are not without their own individual touches either, with one of the entrances of Norman Foster’s Canary Wharf station titled the ‘Fosterito’ entrance.
Most of the plans released are heavily redacted with elements blacked out, presumably for security reasons. However images circulating on the internet show most of the axonometrics ‘cleaned up’.