Voice announcements 

London Underground voice announcements: update 2 

Remember my old post with London Underground voice announcements? I’ve found many more recordings in my collection, including the announcements on the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines. So here is another update.

Some of these were sent to me by Pavel Shadrin. Thank you!

Car line diagrams source: Transport for London


Bakerloo line

Bakerloo line
   

Only one regular announcement:

And one overlapped with a service announcement:

And a service update on Baker Street:


Central line

Central line
   

Lancaster Gate — Marble Arch (towards Epping):

Liverpool Street — Bank (towards Ealing Broadway):


Circle line

Circle line
   

Tower Hill — Liverpool Street:

Operator announcement at Aldgate:


District line

District line
   


Jubilee line

Jubilee line
   

Operator announcement at Canary Wharf:

Canary Wharf — North Greenwich:


Northern line

Northern line
   

Moorgate — Euston (towards High Barnet via Bank):

Notice how the Hammersmith & City line is called just “ Hammersmith” line in these announcements.

Goodge Street:


Piccadilly line

Piccadilly line
   

Osterley towards Heathrow:


Victoria line

Victoria line
   

Highbury & Islington — Green Park on a weekend where many services were suspended:

Notice, that the suspended Northern line was not even listed in the “change” section.

Here the Northern Line announcement is shortened. I thought it was because the whole announcement was getting too long, but hold on.

Here, the Northern line announcement is shortened again, but the overall announcement is not nearly as long. So I have no clue.

There is no Norther line on Oxford Circus, but it’s mentioned nevertheless, presumably due to its importance (the Hammersmith & City was mentioned only at King’s Cross).

An operator announcement at Euston:


Other announcements

This announcement on Highbury & Islington turned out to be very useful for my own journey planning:

On a station of the Bakerloo or District line:

Train operator announcements:



I have updated the original post with the new recordings, make sure to check it out for my whole collection.

That original post started with this text (no longer does):

I have recently returned from London where I had recorded a number of voice announcements on the Underground. Here I’m sharing this small collection for those interested. Sound quality may vary.

Check out the train operator announcements on the Circle line; the Victoria line announcements for a red signal, doors opening on a right-hand side, final destination; the London Overground announcements.

By the way, still missing is Bakerloo, Metropolitan, Waterloo & City lines and DLR. If you have any recording in your collection or would like to make some, do not hesitate to share them with me. Thank you!

   
2016   London Underground   voice announcements   wayfinding

London Underground voice announcements: update 

Following my original post with London Underground voice announcements, reader Yaroslav Eremenko and another reader who preferred anonymity have sent me several other recordings. Now I have announcements from the Northern line, which I did not have before.

A recording of a train operator explaining a delay with a red signal, the quality is very poor:

Central line

   

   

District line

   

   

Northern line

   

   

First, trains to Edgware:

Euston, both branches:

More Bank branch to Morden. This one is at King’s Cross, the beginning is omitted:

It is notable that on the Northern line, they say “this train terminates at S” instead of “this is a L line service / train to S”. I also like the expression “This train terminates at Morden via Bank” as a shorthand for “This is a Bank branch train and it terminates at Morden”.

Piccadilly line

   

   

Victoria line

   

   

National Rail

I have updated the original post with the new recordings, make sure to check it out for my whole collection.

By the way, still no Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Waterloo & City lines and DLR. If you have any recording in your collection or would like to make some, do not hesitate to share them with me. Thank you!

   
2014   London Underground   voice announcements   wayfinding

London Underground voice announcements 

Here is my collection of the London Underground voice announcements. This post has been significantly updated twice (in March 2014 and in May 2016). I still don’t have any announcements from the Metropolitan and Waterloo & City lines, and the DLR.

Car line diagrams source: Transport for London


The “Mind the Gap” announcement

First of all, the famous “Mind the Gap” announcement:


Bakerloo line

Bakerloo line
   

Only one regular announcement:

And one overlapped with a service announcement:

And a service update on Baker Street:


Central line

Central line
   

Lancaster Gate — Marble Arch (towards Epping):

Marble Arch — Bond Street (towards West Ruislip):

Just in case you would like to imagine yourself travelling the whole way between the two stations, here is a full recording of that:

Liverpool Street — Bank (towards Ealing Broadway):

Greenford — Norholt:


Circle line

Circle line
   

Tower Hill — Liverpool Street:

Farringdon:

Baker Street:

Train operator announcement about short delay at Baker Street:

Train operator announcement at Aldgate:


District line

District line
   

Paddington:

Bayswater:

Chiswick Park:

Turnham Green:

   

Sloane Square:


Hammersmith & City line

Hammersmith & City line
   

Great Portland Street, Euston Square:


Jubilee line

   

Operator announcement at Canary Wharf:

Canary Wharf — North Greenwich:


Northern line

Northern line
   

Moorgate — Euston (towards High Barnet via Bank):

The Hammersmith & City line is called just “Hammersmith” line in these announcements.

Euston (towards Morden via Bank):

Euston — Camden Town (towards Edgware via Charing Cross):

Goodge Street (towards Kennington):

King’s Cross St. Pancras — Moorgate (towards Morden via Bank):

It is notable that on the Jubilee and Northern lines, they say “this train terminates at S” instead of “this is a L line service / train to S”. I also like the Northern-line expression “This train terminates at Morden via Bank” as a shorthand for “This is a Bank branch train, and it terminates at Morden”.


Piccadilly line

Piccadilly line
   

Covent Garden — Green Park (towards Rayners Lane, Uxbridge):

Barons Court — Hammersmith (towards Uxbridge)

Osterley towards Heathrow, including announcements for the customers who took the wrong train to Heathrow:


Victoria line

Victoria line
   

Red signal:

Victoria — King’s Cross St. Pancras (towards Seven Sisters, Walthamstow Central, including announcement of suspended lines):

Highbury & Islington — Brixton (including announcements on a weekend when many services were suspended):

Notice, that the suspended Northern line was not even listed in the “change” section.

Here the Northern Line announcement is shortened. I thought it was because the whole announcement was getting too long, but hold on.

Here, the Northern line announcement is shortened again, but the overall announcement is not nearly as long. So I have no clue.

There is no Northern line on Oxford Circus, but it’s mentioned nevertheless, presumably due to its importance (the Hammersmith & City was mentioned only at King’s Cross).

An operator announcement at Euston:


London Overground

London Overground
   

West Brompton:

Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street:

Here are some platform announcements at Queen’s Park:


National Rail


Other announcements

This announcement on Highbury & Islington turned out to be very useful for my own journey planning:

A recording of a train operator explaining a delay with a red signal, the quality is very poor:

More train operator announcements:

On a station of the Bakerloo or District line:



Do you have any interesting London Underground announcements recorded? Please send them to me at ilyabirman@ilyabirman.net.

This post has been updated on March 17th, 2014 with recordings sent by Yaroslav Eremenko (all the Northern line and some others) and another reader who preferred anonymity

   
2013   London Underground   voice announcements   wayfinding