June 29, 2011 / 11:21 AM / 6 years ago

New London tube map plots distances too

LONDON (Reuters) - It might look the London tube map after a hard night out but the latest variation of the capital’s classic underground railway map offers a clearer vision than the original, according to its designer, Mark Noad.

<p>A new map for the London underground system is seen in a graphic released June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Noad/Handout</p>

Unlike the famous diagrammatic map first designed by Harry Beck as far back as 1931, Noad’s version shows routes and distances between stations accurately.

“A major criticism of the (original) diagram is that it bears little or no relation to London at street level,” Noad writes on his website.

“This distorts the actual physical locations of some stations, leading to confusion when selecting a route to take.”

A survey by London newspaper Metro recently revealed that up to 30 percent of passengers could be missing out on the most efficient way of getting from A to B on the tube because of the old map.

Noad said: “This is not intended as a replacement to the official version -- it is simply another way to look at it.” His map will soon be available as an iPhone app.

But the upstart map is not likely to appear in tube stations any time soon.

“The tube map is constantly evolving as new stations or extensions are added,” said a spokesman for Transport for London.

“The much-loved (original) design is clear, simple and easy to read. Its aim is to help customers travel across the capital on the tube and is not supposed to be used as a street guide.”

Reporting by Lydia Siani; Editing by Steve Addison

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