Tottenham Court Road


I used this station on my way back from an event I attended at Student Central, Malet Street, London this Saturday (click here for more details).


Tottenham Court Road station opened as part of the Central London Railway, now the Central line, in 1900. In 1907 the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway, now the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line, opened a station called Oxford Street, which was renamed Tottenham Court Road to match the CLR station in 1908. The site has been the subject of extensive building works as part of the creation of what will now be called the Elizabeth line, but which was originally known as East-West Crossrail in its planning stages and then as Crossrail.

This will be a link route, approaching London from the direction of Reading, with a tunnel section through central London and then taking over the existing TFL route to Shenfield, from where trains will be able to run to various destinations in further flung parts of the East of England (and mutatis mutandis for the Reading end of the plan and Western England and Wales).

A scheme that started life three decades ago as a plan for new tube line between Hackney and Chelsea will in due time become a second cross-rail scheme linking the southwestern main line railways with those to the northeast of the capital.

As part of all these goings on Tottenham Court Road now has two smart and futuristic new surface buildings.

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To finish this post here are a couple of map sections…

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Secret Santa Comes Up Trumps With Tea Towel Map


Today was the NAS West Norfolk Committee Christmas Lunch, which took place at the Lynn Restaurant, practically underneath my flat (I did not do the usual thing for those who live closest to the venue and arrive last!). As part of this we were doing a ‘secret Santa’ whereby each person was nominated to buy a small gift for someone else – and the gifts were to be labelled with the recipients name but nothing else. The rest  of this post is about the ‘secret Santa’ gift that I received.


Whoever was given the job of buying for me succeeded magnificently, coming up with a Tea Towel that was also a map of the central area of London Underground…




This is a splendid addition to my collection of maps, and far better than I even dared hope for, let alone expect, from a ‘secret Santa’.