Legible London is 10 years old this year, and we’re celebrating a decade of the wayfinding signs that have proved so useful in helping people navigate their way through the capital’s streets. There are over 1,700 signs on the streets – look out for the distinctive navy blue and yellow signs to help you get around London.
The history of Legible London
Legible London is a wayfinding project designed to provide better information throughout the capital for people who want to walk.
TfL worked with the London Development Agency, and in partnership with London Boroughs, to develop a way of providing coordinated walking information across the capital, offering benefits for our transport system, for public health, the economy, tourism and the environment.
The project started with a proposal to develop a coordinated system across the capital in time for the 2012 Olympic Games:
- The first prototype sign was installed in the West End in November 2007
- Three large Legible London pilot schemes were then implemented by late 2009
Now there are over 1,700 street signs, printed walking maps for retail, tourism and business activities, digital maps, smartphone apps, integrated public transport information – and a unique walking identity for London.
Legible London’s mapping system is also used on all Santander Cycles docking stations, in Tube stations, at bus stops and many other places.
New maps launched
Special edition anniversary maps of Brixton, Old Street and North Bank have been launched today to help people living, working and visiting the Capital to get the best out of London on foot.
The maps have been produced by TfL in partnership with illustrator Matt Blease, and business partnerships in Brixton, Old Street and North Bank, to celebrate 10 years of the Legible London signs.
It is a wonderful Legible London map of Brixton to celebrate the 10th anniversary. This new map will point the way and encourage more people to walk to Brixton destinations, knowing how long their walk will take. Brixton BID is happy to partner with TfL and its citywide wayfinding system, encouraging walking in Brixton and all over London.
Michael Smith, Chief Executive of Brixton Business Improvement District
Matt Blease has created an eye-catching design using the Legible London colours. The cover brings walking to each part of London in a playful visual pun placing feet on the letters of each area.
I am determined for our great city to be a world leader in creating healthy streets for pedestrians and cyclists – ensuring our urban environments are pleasant, user- friendly and appealing choices for getting about locally. Legible London is certainly meeting our aspirations for making walking great in London.
Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner
For more information about walking in London and to download the Walking Tube maps, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/walking.