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22 November 2011 | Transport | By: M@

Alternative Tube Maps: The Accessible Underground

Alternative Tube Maps: The Accessible Underground

This is what the Tube network looks like if you can't use stairs. (Or, rather, what it looked like about a year ago...several recent improvements are missing, with more on the way.) Looks like you're sorted if you live in the Docklands, but screwed just about anywhere else. The Waterloo and City Line becomes (or remains, depending on your level of cynicism) totally unusable.

The map appears to originate from Transport For All (@transportforall), a charity which campaigns for better accessibility across transport. Meanwhile, Diamond Geezer makes regular sport of the subject, with spoof Minutes from an accessibility meeting and a spurious guide to wheelchair symbols on the Tube map.

To get the other side of the story, visit TfL's Step Free Access pages, which do offer plenty of guides even if the situation they reflect is far from ideal.

See our Guide to Alternative Tube maps for dozens of other cartographic bastardisations.


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That may be accessible, but I can't read it, sadly... #irony

Adam Christie

Bus map is still good though, right?

diamond geezer

The true situation's better than this, because the map has ignored dead-easy same-level interchanges at stations like Finsbury Park and Mile End.

And better still, because the map has ignored stations with escalators to the platforms, such as Colliers Wood and Greenford.

And better still, because Green Park is now step-free following a multi-million pound investment.

Access could still be much better, obviously, but it's not quite as bad as the map makes out.


diamond geezer

Wheelchair users can't use escalators.


That looks terrible! Though the situation is better now