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Are you interested in the often overlooked minutiae of London's Transport network?  Ever wondered who puts in

all the work on the various maps, posters, leaflets and other miscellanous paraphenalia issued to promote to and

inform the travelling public how to get around?  Ever found it fascinating, the almost self-serving world that

surrounds the promotion of Transport for London?  I do, and I will admit some people may think me something of an anorak.  However, there are many REAL anoraks out there that make me realise this I could never be, not in a million years if I tried.

 

Anyway, if you have been scouring the net for records of the oddments that most trainspotters completely ignore, you've found the right place!  

 

Mark Boulton, Webmaster

Transportal for London

for when you want an anorak site with something more than a pedestrian approach!

The online archive for TfL promotional oddities

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Home Page spread inc LT Desk Diary 1934

DO WE REALLY NEED 9 ZONES?

The very first staff desk diary to carry the name, "LONDON TRANSPORT".  Editions for 1933 and earlier carried the "GENERAL" roundel.

Direction embossment fitted into the pavement outside King George V DLR station

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The Zonal Fare System was first instigated by the Greater London Council (GLC) under the leadership of Ken Livingstone back in the 1980s.

 

Back then there were far fewer zones than today... three.  Oh well, not really - that's cheating - 'cos there was 3a, 3b and 3c.  So that's five zones.

 

Anyway, semantics aside, rather than overlay the zonal boundaries onto the main tube map at the time, LU cleverly displayed this 'zonal map' at the back of their route diagram leaflet during the mid-1980s.

 

Note that only terminal stations and those at zonal boundaries have their names shown; the rest simply have an unlabelled tick-mark.  It could be argued that this was a much simpler way of conveying this information.

1980s GLC Zonal Map