Underground or Underhand ?

Londoners wakened today to the news that Transport for London had made some changes to the iconic London Tube Map. That’s something which is always going to cause a stir since you are dealing with the world’s most respected stylised maps. Oft talked about and copied.


So what did they do ? Two things.

The first change which I suspect is motivated by money is the removal of the zoning rings (unlike NYC fare is based on distance and not a flat fee). Cynics are suggesting this will pave the way for more creative charging policies.

I can live with that. It’s the second change which is utterly bizarre and unforgivable – the idiots have removed the River Thames. That’s right the blue swathe that runs West to East dividing London in two.



THE key navigational aid has gone. Is that station south of the River ? North of the River ? On the side of the River ?


Now you have no clue. Good luck crazy babbling Italian tourists heading from Portobello Market to the South Bank.

I did look at the map today when I was getting on the tube at 530am. It is clearer ! But so is a blank sheet of paper.

Someone, somewhere is probably getting a call from the Mayor. Here’s hoping.


3 thoughts on “Underground or Underhand ?

  1. Is it possible that in order to save money, the maps were printed in some foreign clime where
    they do not know that the Thames runs through London ?
    I think that if I were to catch sight of this new map I should be overcome with an attack of vertigo. It must be very disorienting to even the average Londoner, let alone those babbling Italians to whom you refer.
    It is, when all is said and done, a criminal act and no doubt poor Gordon Brown will be blamed.

  2. Perhaps due to ‘Global Warming’ they anticipate the fact that the river will dry out/disappear and since they are changing the map now – they went ahead with the removal of river to save money on printing……This makes total sense!!

  3. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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