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Could London be getting tube lines painted on the pavement?

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Matilda Egere-Cooper

Woah there, is that the Piccadilly line running along the floor? If a clever design student has his way, bringing the tube lines to the pavements of London could be the future.

This is a sneak peek of 'Streetlines' – a creative campaign by student Jamie Quantrill, which involves marking out each London Underground route to make it much easier to get from A to B by foot.

Responding to a brief by Ford at the D&AD design and advertising awards, the 22-year-old Londoner came up with the idea after he was caught out by – you guessed it – a tube strike last summer, so he wanted to show commuters that most stations in central London are within walking distance.

Sure, it's a pretty simple concept, but it impressed this year's judges so much, it picked up the New Blood Award which recognises talented students and graduates. Nice one, Jamie. 

Still, don't throw away your Oyster cards just yet, London – all we need now is for someone to actually make this happen. Er, Sadiq? 

Check out the snazzy campaign video here and until then, here's a tube map of walking distances between stations

Or, take a look at this video which shows what London's tube lines would be like if they were people

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