Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new map that highlights underground sections of the network to help those with claustrophobia and anxiety.
Set in the style of Harry Beck’s iconic Tube map, parts of the network – as well as the London Overground, Dockland Light Railway and TfL rail services – have been given a grey overlay to illustrate that it’s underground.
TfL said there are 270 stations on the London Underground but that more than half are above ground.
The map joins a selection of specialist maps made by TfL, including: a Tube map avoiding stairs, taking bikes on the Tube, and toilet facilities on the network. The new map was created following customer suggestions.
TfL’s director of customer strategy Mark Evers said, ‘Making the Tube network accessible for everyone is one of our top priorities.
‘This new map is just one of the tools we have created in response to feedback from our customers on how we can make the transport network more accessible, making travelling easier and more comfortable for all our customers.’
Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter said, ‘I sincerely hope that the map will encourage those with claustrophobia and/or panic attacks who have previously avoided this form of public transport out of fear, to re-consider their use of the Tube.’