PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD WITH LONDON’S NEW TUBE MAP
Whoever had the creative brainwave, over at London Transport, to release an alternative version of the Tube Map entitled ‘Walk the Tube’ deserves a big treat and a slap on the back. BECAUSE, did you know, it literally takes 2 minutes to walk from Charring Cross to Embankment. It’s a 5 minute stroll across the Thames from Embankment to Waterloo. Oxford Street is 5 minutes walk away from Bond Street and if you can’t be bothered with lifts at Covent Garden then jump off at Leicester Square and Covent Garden is a stone’s throw away. In a nutshell, a lot of time and effort is wasted waiting for tubes, changing tubes, getting held up on tubes and being squashed on tubes when really you’d be better of walking.
Transport for London’s ‘Walk the Tube’ map shows how long it takes to totter between stations. It shows people who catch the Tube to and from popular stations like Covent Garden to Leicester Square and Mansion House to Cannon Street (or vice versa) are wasting both time and money, as the journey takes less than five minutes on foot. However, the walk between Euston and South Hampstead takes 53 minutes, despite the stations being directly linked.
“What we have seen is that people are desperate for this sort of thing, so we have created it,” said a TfL spokesperson. “We focused on central London, zones 1 and 2, and based the times of our journey planner. We’re investing heavily in improving walking and cycling routes across London, with all the health benefits they bring. This is going to be great for people to see how quick and easy it is to so many stations.”
What a genius idea eh! Hopefully it will get London walking, enjoying the sights rather than going underground.