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Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Distances between tube stations

One thing I did forget to mention in yesterday's interview was the fact that the tube map bears little relation to how far stations are from each other in reality (although this
unofficial geographical tube map does).

You see loads of tourists doing a journey of one stop between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus when it is far, far quicker to walk. Also in relation to yesterday when we passed through Bank on the Central Line I should have referred to the oft quoted Bill Bryson quote:

"As Bill Bryson pointed out in his book Notes From a Small Island, an out-of-town visitor using Mr.Beck's map (Harry Beck designed the tube map in 1931) to get from, say, Bank Station to Mansion House would quite understandably board a Central Line train to Liverpool Street, transfer to the Circle Line and continue for another five stops to Mansion House and emerge 200 yards down the street from where he started."

Diamond Geezer has done some research and found some interesting other ones:

� Bayswater to Queensway (220 metres apart) - 14 minutes via Circle and Central lines
� Regents Park to Great Portland Street (220 metres apart) - 17 minutes via Bakerloo and Circle lines
� Euston to Euston Square (300 metres apart) - 22 minutes via Victoria and Circle lines
� St Pauls to Mansion House (400 metres apart) - 25 minutes via Bank/Monument

For more see here.

Also thanks to Diamond Geezer I've discovered a tube map which shows the walkways - it's an excellent idea and thanks to rodcorp for getting it up and running.

Anyone from London Underground reading this, why not make an official one?

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