A river runs through it (or used to).

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A quick link I thought might be interesting to anyone following this blog. The new London Tube map has chosen to remove the river Thames. I suspect this isn’t far off us deciding not to include the sea in our planned map. I can see their reasoning – the tube map is not a geographically accurate map and the river doesn’t really belong on it. A map designed with ease of use as the priority, the route of the river was always bound to be somewhat inaccurate, but I figure it was a simple yet vital intuitive aspect of the contemporary tube map. One wonders if there’s a purist at the helm of TfL’s mapping department.

Nice post here on the subject from Mark Easton, the BBC’s home editor.

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