September 16, 2009

London cuts Thames from train map

London transportation officials said the city's River Thames was removed from the London Underground map as part of an attempt to remove clutter.

The Transport for London officials said the new version of the map, which is being distributed at train stations around the city, also lacks the previous map's rings of numbered zones estimating the likely cost of a journey, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Over the years as the transport network has expanded, so has the map which has become increasingly cluttered, a Transport for London spokesman said. By cleaning up the map, we have tried to produce the best possible journey planning tool for our customers, reflecting the principles of Harry Beck's original and innovative design -- simplicity.