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edit RoutesOut of the many rail routes in London TFL could have taken over, the silliest and most inaccessible were chosen for good measure. For example, the Richmond (an affluent area of London) to Stratford (a less well off area of East London) link is now receiving a £50,000,000 makeover. It will be doubly inaccessible in 2012 when all lines to this place will be swarming with security on the lookout for suicidal marathon runners at the Olympic stadium.
London Overground does have other ambitions to extend their control to other train lines coming into Metropolis, so passengers should look out for any more 'makeovers' and deliveries of expensive pot plants to 'tart up' stations. It would be a clear sign that London Overground has arrived in your neigbourhood.
edit New Rail Link
Construction work began on the 'new' rail links in 2004 in an attempt to reduce London's size ten carbon footprint. The initial stage of the project is due to be completed some time this century, making it the shortest ever completion time for a civil engineering project in British history since Hadrian's Wall. Work undertaken so far includes:
- Moving the signs at every station 3.5cm to the left for feng-shui purposes;
- Demolishing several perfectly good bridges to make way for new ones going in exactly the same direction at a cost of £14,000,000.
- Paying consultants to come up with excuses why it isn't quicker to use your own car to get about.
Upon completion, passengers will be able to travel directly from Croydon to Richmond (a geographical distance of around ten miles) in just under four days, via Shoreditch, Gospel Oak and Budapest.
edit Journey problems
The initial idea of the Overground was to allow as many interchanges with other lines in and around London as possible. However, it has since been pointed out that timetables are deliberately designed to prevent passengers making logical connections between trains and this has been the case for years. In fact, nobody has ever managed to successfully change trains in Britain during a journey within the same 24 hour time period. The closest anyone has ever come was a James Rowbottom in 1992. He almost reached a connecting service at Clapham Junction, but, fortunately, having crossed 85 platforms and a moat, was apprehended just as he was about to board the train by vigilant station staff. He was, however, allowed to catch the following train on the January 9th 1996. (Following this incident, crocodiles were installed in the station's toilets in 1998, and after initial teething trouble were fully operational by 2000.)
edit Chav branch
It was noted in 2009 that the network passes through several of the most deprived areas in London, such as London. It has therefore been suggested that the line be extended to form the shape of an obscene hand gesture and re-branded the "Chav Line". Tickets for trains can then be sold to the local chavs, rudeboys, wideboys, gangstas, hoodies, hooligans and assorted riff-raff, whereupon they are put on a train which continues round the line without stopping until enough astronauts are offended (or until Ken Livingstone is voted back in as London Mayor, whichever happens first). This has the double bonus of being a sustainable business model as there are an infinite number of chavs, and it keeps them out of central London. The M25 was built to perform a similar function.
edit LogoTFL needed a new and vibrant logo to accompany the new line. After spending 18 months locked in a monastery in Nepal, they eventually came up with a painterly new look.
However, it was decided that this did not adequately reflect 21st century public transport (not realising the irony that their train service also does not adequately reflect 21st century public transport), so they instead decided to just put a sticker over the "under" part of the old Underground logo, at a cost of just £2,000,000 per sign.
The reception to the new logo has been mostly positive, mainly because TFL deliberately surveyed only those too drunk to see. Sober people have commented that they like the orange colour and shape. However, the similarity to the Underground logo has caused some confusion, namely confused businessmen standing in front of Watford station and explaining to their boss that they are not playing truant.