Getting around London

My colleague, WebSphere maestro Richard Brown is currently running an occasional series on his blog, sharing his secrets for optimising journeys around our capital.

There's no substitute for such first-hand local knowledge, of course, but if you are interested in planning your journey at a slightly higher level, the latest Google Maps mashup I've found provides a tube journey planner. Similar to the one offered by Transport for London, but faster. Plus it shows where the lines actually run, which is quite neat.

Incidentally, I notice that the iconic London tube map has made it into the final three for the Design Museum's Great British Design Quest, as supported by the BBC Culture Show. Of the remaining entries, I think it is going to get my vote – partly because it is so enduring.

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  1. Plus it shows where the lines actually run, which is quite neat.

    Well, sort of.

    I *so* want a map that *really* shows where the lines go. I want to see the width of the line on the map narrow when the Jubilee tunnels get stacked on top of each other at Westminster. I want to see that the Bakerloo platforms are really somewhere near Trafalgar Square at Charing Cross.

    I want to know if I’m actually under the Thames at any point when in Embankment (sorry, IBMbankment) station.

    Andy, please make it so.

  2. I suspect that you could get access to such a map if you went to work for London Underground. You don’t think they are really going to publish that stuff, do you? Especially with the current climate.

    Andy, please make it so. – who do you think you are, Jean-Luc Picard?

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