The South London semi-circle

Another calligrapher has attempted to make the point that South London does have public transport - this time, with the aid of a semi-circular map. Map-maker Max Roberts tells Londonist:

In terms of user-friendliness, the railways of south London are probably among the worst in the world, up there with the Paris RER and much worse than the New York Subway... But why should the Underground get all the circles? I’ve had my sights on south London for a while now, and after four attempts have finally got something that works reasonably well. 

The inherent complexity of the system is reflected in the final design, a good map can’t fix a bad network. In fact, this is only one of two designs where I had to refer to a track plan in order to be sure that I was getting it right (New York was the other).

6 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

Doubleplusgood, the old one was rubbish

Aricana said...

Its fantastic! Just wish i could see more of the detail. 3 zoom-ins just aren't enough.

DT said...

He's done a brilliant job and can't fault it apart from a
small omission; Surrey Quays to Rotherhithe is not on the map.

50% said...

The regular was very difficult to use to plan any sort of route. Sadly, this one is half the map it should be -pretty useless if you are planning to cross the river. Also why has the tram system been left out? That map is not going to get someone to IKEA and back. It is a nice idea, but it needs some work.

Matt-Z said...

Nice idea but could do with refining. The stretch between New Cross Gate and Forest Hill is confusing, and Surrey Canal Road station doesn't exist

Matt J said...

No tram lines detailed. Your man needs to go back to the drawing board.

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