Apparently TfL will tell that they did consider a radical redesign - but then dismissed the idea as it was a step too far for now. They're continually being sent ideas for new designs but apparently none fit the bill. Interestingly they see the map as being quite "socialist" - ie equal measure is being given to each line. They have an "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach. This is all very well, but considering there will definitely be more changes in 2012, have we really now got to the stage where something simpler should be produced?
Max Roberts alternative "curvy Tube map" is certainly pleasing on the eye. Would the extra lines and stations work on this?
Check out the piece on Radio 4 on Saturday 10th November at 5.30pm. Sounds like it will be a good one. You'll also be able to download the podcast from BBC iPM if you miss it. There will also be much more on the blog in terms of longer interviews, plus elements that didn't make the final "on-air" item, so check out their blog on Saturday evening. As a preview there's an audio piece on this post with TfL's Group Design Manager Innes Ferguson who was asked in the past if other designs were considered.