Vote Now For London's Best Transport Design Icon

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 29 months ago
Vote Now For London's Best Transport Design Icon
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Harry Beck's original Tube Map — is this your favourite design icon in London?

When you stop to think about it, the designs of London's transport network are some of the most enduring symbols of the city. The red bus or black cab are as much a part of the shorthand for London as a shot of the Palace of Westminster or the Thames.

Now TfL is on the hunt for the public's favourite transport icon. A panel made up of industry experts, TfL and London Transport Museum staff has already selected a shortlist of 100 for people to pick from.

There's a selection in the gallery below to get you thinking about your favourites — see them all on the website. Currently the top-ranking items are (predictably) the black cab, Harry Beck's original Tube Map, and the TfL roundel. You can make a difference by voting for your favourites before the deadline of 1 October.

The winner will be announced on 15 October. TfL's hunt for London's best transport design icon is part of an 18-month celebration called Transported by Design, which will include events, competitions and exhibitions across London.

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Victoria Coach Station
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The orange, yellow and black moquette designed by Sir Misha Black, for the District Line.
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This pretty air vent grille at Manor House is one of the icons shortlisted.
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The 1916 Johnston typeface was the precursor to today's familiar font visible across the TfL network.
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Black cabs are as iconic a part of London's streetscape as red buses and the Palace of Westminster.
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The Baby on Board badges have been nominated as an inventive way of letting other passengers know a woman is pregnant and may need a seat.

Last Updated 07 September 2015

James Guppy

For a modern pick - I love the new Routemaster bus - I think they're stunning.

HHGeek

I do hope they reveal how many votes the dangleway gets. :)