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Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 01:10 GMT
Tube map redrawn for better access
The Tube Access Guide
Stairs can be avoided at more than 25% of stations
The famous London Underground map has been overhauled to show people with mobility problems where they can avoid stairs and escalators at Tube stations.

More than a quarter of the stations on the Underground can be accessed easily by wheelchair users and have been highlighted on the new map.

A further 54 stations where interchanges are accessible at platform level are also indicated.

The maps have been developed by the charity Scope and will be available from Tube stations or by calling a hotline.

Original genius

The Tube Access Guide is aimed to help wheelchair users, older people, parents with children and people with luggage.

The design is based on the original map and 82 accessible stations are shown with blue circles containing wheelchair symbols.

John McGill, who designed the guide, said: "It is a tribute to the genius of Beck's original design that the diagram could be adapted to accommodate complex access information without compromising its integrity."

Poster highlighting Tube access
More than 3,000 posters will advertise the new map
The guide also gives details of the height of the step into trains and of places where access is via lifts. It also indicates where there are long distances between platforms.

The idea came from Scope and was developed alongside London Underground (LU) and Transport for London.

Anna Woodward, of Scope, said: "Disabled people in London, like all London residents, want to get around their city easily, quickly and cheaply.

"The challenge ahead is to ensure that, in the face of many competing demands, access to the Tube network is given the political and financial backing it so desperately needs."

Some 20 versions of the map were designed before a pilot guide was published and given to disability groups for consultation.

It opens up the Tube to a wider group of people

Paul Godier, LU managing director
Maryam Zonouzi, a student and wheelchair user, said: "Now I can plan my routes with confidence and do not have to rely solely on expensive cabs for transport.

"I am excited about the possibilities of getting round town more easily and the difference it will make to my life."

Paul Godier, LU managing director, said: "It's the first guide which details the now-growing accessibility of the Tube.

"It opens up the Tube to a wider group of people."

A poster campaign will run through February on more than 3,000 sites on the Tube network and bus shelters.

The map will be available at all Tube and Docklands Light Railway stations, at Travel Information Centres, via LU's website and by calling 020 7941 4600.

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