How The Proposed London Orbital Railway Would Look On Google Maps

Click on the link for the full interactive Map

For reference, here’s what the various colours mean:

  • Orange Lines – Existing lines
  • Blue Line – Existing lines (going more central)
  • Purple Lines – Lines to be built (a guess)
  • Red Pinpoint – Existing stations
  • Green Pinpoint – Stations to be built (these are also a guess in terms of position)

Seems I’m on a bit of map kick lately. Today I present a map created by reddit user lifeless2011 of how the proposed London Orbital Railway might look on Google Maps.

In case you haven’t heard, Boris Johnson has proposed spending at least £200bn on transport infrastructure, in London, by 2050, as part of a wider £1.3tn infrastructure plan.

The Orbital Railway, already nicknamed the R25, is but one of many projects that will likely not see the light of day. On the bright side, if by some miracle it does get built, I’ll be old enough for a Freedom Pass and will be able to ride it for free.

What Did Your Part of London Look Like in The 1890s?

Ever wish you could do a Google Street view of London from the 19th century? Well the National Library of Scotland have done the next best thing! They’ve created a map mashup by overlaying 1890s era Ordnance Survey maps with today’s Google Maps.

Source: National Library of Scotland

It’s fun playing around with it. What did your part of London look like in the 1890s? Or did it even exist at all?

Most of the places I’ve lived in London don’t look like they’d be too different 110 years ago, except that my company is now based in what used to be a pianoforte manufactory (aka a piano factory).

I work in a former piano factory!
I work in a former piano factory!

Share any interesting findings in the comments section below: