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Navigation Mar. 22nd, 2005 07:30 pm
If the station announcements were to be believed, today I took a northbound Jubilee Line train from Stratford, and returned from London Bridge on a westbound train.

It's something of a relief they don't have to steer.
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From: zotz
Date: March 22nd, 2005 - 07:38 pm (Link)
Your suggested alternative terminology being . . . ?
From: wechsler
Date: March 22nd, 2005 - 07:41 pm (Link)
I refer the honourable gentleman to
http://map.tfl.gov.uk/map.asp
From: zotz
Date: March 22nd, 2005 - 07:47 pm (Link)
Errr . . . yes, and? The logical north end of the Jubille line is at Stanmore, its original north end, and the extension went on to the south end.

Likewise, after crossing the border homewards, I'm still on the northbound A1 even though I'm physically heading west.
From: wechsler
Date: March 22nd, 2005 - 09:57 pm (Link)
Tube lines are always directed by their local orientation (even the Circle line generally names its platforms by the cardinal points), and the platforms in question are labelled in that way.

And even allowing for your logic, there's no way than London Bridge to Stratford can be considered westbound.
From: fellcat
Date: March 23rd, 2005 - 02:08 am (Link)
Should it have been south-bound and east-bound? Looking at the overall shape of the line, I would have described it as east-west and ignored all north-southness, thus avoiding any nomenclative problems posed by its U-shaped nature.

(even the Circle line generally names its platforms by the cardinal points)

Urgh. That would explain why I got lost on it when on my way to Watford a couple of years ago. Clockwise-anticlockwise is good enough for the M25 FPS.