Transport for London has released a new Tube map showing the distance in steps between Underground stations.
In a bid to get Londoners walking – and ease pressure on the capital’s packed transport network – TfL released the map showing that many Zone 1 stations are fewer than 1,000 steps apart.
For instance, the walk from Cannon Street to Mansion House takes just 400 steps, while the journey from Oxford Circus to Bond Street will take 700 steps.
But there remain longer journeys between some central London stations. King’s Cross to Farringdon is a 2,600 step walk, while Victoria to Green Park is 1,900 steps.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “We need to make it easier and more enjoyable to walk around London. The new steps map will encourage more of us to walk short journeys instead – it’s good for our health and it will help support London’s small businesses.
“We’ve made clear our commitment to tackle air pollution and get more walking and cycling in London, and this is a fun and practical way to help busy Londoners who want to walk more as part of their everyday lives.”
The Tube network is expected to handle 1.3 billion passengers this year, a rise from 800 million in 2002.
That figure is expected to rise to 1.7 billion by 2026 as London’s population to grow from 8.8m to 10.2m by 2030.
The projections triggered a stark warning from London Underground chiefs that parts of the network will be “inoperable” within 15 years.
TfL’s latest ‘walk the Tube’ map comes after they previously released one showing the distance in minutes between London’s stations.
Covent Garden to Leicester Square is just a four minute walk, while Euston to King’s Cross takes 12 minutes.
Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “People often use the Tube map to navigate the city, but many don’t realise just how close some stations are to each other and that they could save time as well as build more physical activity into their daily routine.
“We hope that the new steps version of the Tube map will inspire people to try new routes and discover that places in central London are closer than they might think.”
Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator of the Living Streets walking charity, said people who took advantage of the map would be “rewarded with improvements to our health, economy and the environment around us.”
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