As part of National Engineering Day which took place on Wednesday (1 November 2023), Transport for London (TfL) partnered with the Royal Academy of Engineering to launch a Engineering Icons themed Tube map with 274 Tube and Elizabeth line stations named after leading engineers.
Ealing Common station has been renamed after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the worlds most celebrated civil engineer of the 19th century who was responsible for designing and constructing the Thames Tunnel in London.
The new Engineering Icons Tube map has been released on National Engineering Day, which is marked on the first Wednesday in November each year. The day aims to make engineering more visible and celebrate how engineers improve everyday lives. The map, which renames 274 Tube and Elizabeth line stations after notable engineers, was created to encourage and inspire more people to consider engineering as a career.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Seb Dance said: “Engineers played a crucial role in recent major transport projects like the Elizabeth line and the Northern Line Extension, and throughout history have helped shape the capital into the world-leading city it is today.
“I’m delighted TfL has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Engineering to launch this new Tube map celebrating the achievements and contributions of engineers, some well-known and others we should know more about. I hope this initiative inspires Londoners from all walks of life to consider engineering as a career, helping us to continue building a better, more prosperous London for everyone.”
Andy Lord, London’s Transport Commissioner who is an engineer himself said: “From the pioneering days of the first steam train to the cutting-edge technology of the new Elizabeth line in London, engineering has played a vital role in shaping transport in London and across the country.
“With the re-design of the map, which was an idea inspired by our former Head of Engineering, Kuldeep Gharatya who shares my passion for improving diversity and inclusion across the industry, we hope that we can encourage people from all backgrounds to consider engineering as a rewarding career. Together, we can pave the way for the UK to lead in engineering.”
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering said: “So much of London and the daily lives of Londoners has been designed, created and improved by engineers, and today it remains a hub of engineering innovation, from next generation transport to the development of AI tools to improve cancer diagnosis.
“So I’m delighted that, to mark National Engineering Day, TfL has worked with the Academy to create this map that recognises the achievements of both established and up and coming engineers who have shaped our lives. The work of engineers often goes unrecognised, which means many of us have a limited idea of what engineering really is. Today is a day to change that and uncover the stories of ingenuity, teamwork and persistence that have made their mark on the city around us.”