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Is this alternative tube map easier to understand than TfL's version?

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Isabelle Aron
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Cameron Booth

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TfL recently announced its grand plans to take over suburban train services in south London and make them part of the Overground network, which is great and all, but we can't help worrying that the tube map is getting a little overcrowded. And we're not the only ones. Graphic designer Cameron Booth has decided that enough's enough and that the tube map – which is still based on Harry Beck's original 1931 design – needs a good de-cluttering to make it easier to understand. For starters, he's got rid of the grey and white zone areas, mainly for for aesthetic reasons but also because Oyster cards and contactless payment methods mean people don't really need to know which zone they're in anymore.

Cameron Booth

He's also come up with a new way to show accessibility at stations, by using blue dots that can sit inside the circular symbols for interchanges, to avoid confusion between circles that show an interchange and circles that show accessibility. And tube geeks everywhere will be pleased to know that he's made a point to restore some of the qualities from Harry Beck's original design by devoting a lot of time to making sure that stations all line up across the map. Phew. And even with the addition of the new Crossrail routes, the end result is much easier on the eye. Take note, TfL.

Cameron Booth

Read more about Cameron Booth's redesigned tube map.

Take a look at TfL's biggest ever tube and rail map.

Or stroll around this massive 40ft tube map.

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