The Tube map for the London Underground just became even more user friendly: Transport for London has added times in minutes to tell you how long it takes to walk between stations. This new layer of information is especially useful for travelers or people new to the city. While Harry Beck’s incomparable tube map design is renowned for its clarity and accessibility, navigating through any foreign city has its kinks. Since the map is not a street-view, it is easy and somewhat expected to take roundabout ways to some destinations if you’re new to the city.
I’m sure I would have put this feature to good use when I studied in London. In the beginning of my time there, the tube was my go-to mode of travel. As I got acclimated and developed a routine, I figured out when it was more efficient to walk. I’m sure the addition of walking times will help tourists, new London-dwellers and commuters, and will encourage people to explore the city more. Overall, I think this new feature adds to the original efficiency of Harry Beck’s tube map, and I am interested to see if this addition starts to catch on elsewhere.