London Overground lines receive new names and new colours

Image above: London Overground Picture: TfL

‘Names that celebrate London’s wonderful and varied cultural heritage’

The London Overground is being revamped, giving the six lines which traverse the capital their own individual name and colour. The line which stops at Chiswick’s Gunnersbury station, enroute from Stratford to Richmond has been renamed the ‘Mildmay Line’ to honour the role of the Mildmay Hospital in London’s East End in the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The line will be given blue branding.

Geoff Coleman, Chief Executive Officer for Mildmay Mission Hospital, said:

“We are deeply honoured that the Mildmay line was chosen as one of the new London Overground lines names in recognition of the work of the dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff at the Mildmay Hospital.

“From its humble origins in the 1860s – serving the poorest people of the East End – to its pivotal role during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the ’80s and ’90s, Mildmay has evolved into an internationally renowned rehab centre, and our dedicated team continues to serve people from across London.

“More than just tracks and stations, the Mildmay line symbolises a journey of acceptance, love, and belonging – a vibrant thread connecting our collective past, present, and future.”

The rebranding has a practical purpose as well as presenting an opportunity to celebrate the history and culture of London. The Overground currently appears as an orange line on the network but dividing the six routes into different colours is intended to make the map easier to read.

Image above: New London Overground Map. Picture TfL

What’s in a name?

The new line names are:

The Lioness line: Euston to Watford Junction. The Lioness line, which runs through Wembley, honours the historic achievements and lasting legacy created by the England women’s football team that continues to inspire and empower the next generation of women and girls in sport. It will be represented as yellow parallel lines on the map.

The Windrush line: Highbury & Islington to Clapham Junction/New Cross/Crystal Palace/West Croydon. The Windrush line runs through areas with strong ties to Caribbean communities today, such as Dalston Junction, Peckham Rye and West Croydon and honours the Windrush generation who continue to shape and enrich London’s cultural and social identity today. It will be represented as red parallel lines on the map.

The Weaver line: Liverpool Street to Cheshunt/Enfield Town/Chingford. The Weaver line runs through Liverpool Street, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green and Hackney – areas of London known for their textile trade, shaped over the centuries by diverse migrant communities and individuals. It will be represented as maroon parallel lines on the map.

The Suffragette line: Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside. The Suffragette line celebrates how the working-class movement in the East End, fought for votes for woman and paved the way for women’s rights. The line runs to Barking, home of the longest surviving Suffragette Annie Huggett, who died at 103. It will be represented as green parallel lines on the map.

The Liberty line: Romford to Upminster. The Liberty line celebrates the freedom that is a defining feature of London and references the historical independence of the people of Havering, through which it runs. It will be grey parallel lines on the map.

The Mildmay line: Stratford to Richmond/Clapham Junction. The Mildmay line, which runs through Dalston, honours the small charitable hospital in Shoreditch that has cared for Londoners over many years, notably its pivotal role in the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, which made it the valued and respected place it is for the LGBTQ+ community today. It will be represented as blue parallel lines on the map.

The renaming of the London Overground lines represenets ‘a unique opportunity to honour and celebrate London’s many historic locations and stories in the public realm’ say Transport for London.

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