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Although the Tube Map is highly regarded as a clear and successful exercise in information design and presentation, some criticisms are levelled at it, particularly where oddities in the way lines join (or appear to join) appear either simpler than they really are, or more complicated than they really are, on the map.

For instance, some stations are within easy walking distance from each other - just a couple of minutes. By stark contrast, some station names actually refer to two (and sometimes three) DIFFERENT station buildings, yet on the map these appear to occupy the same building.

Paddington and Edgware Road are good examples. On the actual map, these stations appear twice and out of relation to each other. Nearby Queensway and Bayswater stations are actually CLOSER TOGETHER than each pair of stations with the names Paddington and Edgware Road!

I had begun an attempt to redraft the entire tube map to try and resolve these anomolies - but to be honest, others got there first and did better than go in the direction I had started to go in - Alex Gollner providing my favourite alternative interpretation. Click here to see his blog.

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