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Circle lines a boon for Olympic travellers

[28 July 2012] Large-scale fold-out street maps of London have been printed with concentric circles showing how far pedestrians can walk in a 10-, 15-, 20- and 25-minute radius of mainline stations, in an effort to ease bus and tube congestion during the Games. Travellers can tell at a glance that it’s a 22-minute stroll from Euston to Covent Garden or a 28-minute march to Nelson’s Column, and there’s a map centred on each mainline terminus.

This is such a simple piece of clear communication it’s amazing no-one’s tried it before. Well, somebody probably has, but original or not, it’s still a good idea. The maps are available free from stations.

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