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Steven Parry


Introduction Being a commuter on London Underground for some years I realised how little I absorbed of the beauty and aesthetics of the system. Caught in the rush of commuting, the stress of potential delays I, like lots of fellow passengers, settled down into my seat (if lucky) and drifted into a land of newspapers, books or music, having very little concern for the thought and effort of everything around me. This project has been an exploration of the system with a different perspective—looking out for the ordinary, the mundane, the overlooked. Often these things have a charm and interest to them that are just not noticed. I hope to bring these out in a way that brings interest to people. From the subtle coding—the intricate patterns and colour systems inside each carriage, each indicating an identity for that particular line to the wonderful perspective views from the escalators and maze like corridors it is truly a city unto itself—and of course the commuters themselves, often colourful characters adding an energy and movement which is the part of the network. I have travelled every underground line from start to end and documented the journey; the movement of passengers through the trains, the manic busy periods to the relative calm and tranquility of the last stop, where one can step back and see the design in its simple and elegant glory. This booklet highlights some of the aspects of my short film of these journeys, allowing the viewer to appreciate the points in more detail. The film can be viewed at: www.vimeo.com/90742222

Steven Parry


Journeys Waterloo & City

Waterloo to Bank

Victoria

Walthamstow Central to Brixton

Bakerloo

Elephant & Castle to Harrow & Wealdstone

Circle

Victoria to Victoria

Jubilee

Stratford to Stanmore

Metropolitan

Aldgate to Uxbridge

Hammersmith & City

Barking to Hammersmith

Northern

Morden to High Barnet (via Bank)

Central

West Ruislip to Epping

District

Wimbledon to Upminster

Piccadilly

Cockfosters to Heathrow Terminal 5


West Ruislip

Aldgate

Wimbledon

Stratford

Elephant & Castle Walthamstow Central Morden

Victoria

Cockfosters

Barking

Waterloo


Epping

Uxbridge

Upminster

Stanmore

Harrow & Wealdstone Brixton

High Barnet

Victoria

Heathrow Terminal 5 Hammersmith

Bank


DET

BETWEEN T


TAIL

THE LINES


Metropolitan Line


Bakerloo Line


Jubilee Line


Northern Line


District Line


Hammersmith & City Line


Central Line


Piccadilly Line


Circle Line


Waterloo & City Line


Victoria Line


JOURNEY STATS LINE

ROUTE

LENGTH

HAMMERSMITH & CITY

Barking to Hammersmith

15.8 miles

29

63 mins

BAKERLOO

Elephant & Castle to Harrow & Wealdstone

JUBILEE

Stratford to Stanmore

14.5 miles 22.5 miles

25 27

48 mins 57 mins

DISTRICT

Wimbledon to Upminster

30.4 miles

41

86 mins

VICTORIA

Walthamstow Central to Brixton

13.2 miles

16

33 mins

PICCADILLY

Cockfosters to Heathrow Terminal 5

37.5 miles

38

90 mins

NORTHERN

Morden to High Barnet (via Bank)

20.7 miles

32

70 mins

WATERLOO & CITY

Waterloo to Bank

1.5

miles

02

04 mins

METROPOLITAL

Aldgate to Uxbridge

19.4 miles

22

61 mins

CENTRAL

West Ruislip to Epping

43

miles

37

82 mins

CIRCLE

Victoria to Victoria

17

miles

27

51 mins

STATIONS DURATION


View the film

www.vimeo.com/90742222


Set in Gill Sans 12pt with use of P22 Johnston Underground Editing & Design: Photography:

Steven Parry Steven Parry

Tube map illustration (pages 6–7) adapted from London Underground map designed by H. Beck Š 2014 Steven Christopher Parry



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