But that’s not all. This is Local London report that Transport for London has issued two new tube maps, one showing step free access across the network and one showing toilet facilities. Whoopidoo!
The toilet one is quite simple. It uses the usual signs that we all know but they are either in black or red. Red means the toilet is inside the ticket barrier, which means you need a ticket. And black means the toilet is outside the ticket barrier, so is available to anyone. But here’s the problem. I am assuming that the toilets shown are TfL facilities only, because there is a Redbridge Toilet outside Gants Hill Station which is not shown on the map.
The other map is a bleedin nightmare. It uses Red, Amber and Green smarties to indicate how big the step is between the platform and the train. These smarties then have either the letter A, B or C imposed upon them to indicate the size of the gap between the platform and the train. One thing that pleased me no end was that the measurements are given in millimetres and inches with a helpful ruler gauge for each at the side and bottom of the map. Good touch that, we are dealing with the elderly here as well as the infirm and disabled. Then we’ve got multi-coloured polo mints. The colours represent the colour of the tube lines where step free interchange is available, but not ingress and egress to the station itself.
Some station names are shown inside a box which means you need to arrive at the correct entrance for the direction of travel you wish to proceed in. These seem to be surface stations like Woodford where there are entrances either side of the track, and a long journey at street level between if you don’t get it right, with a footbridge between the platforms. But not all stations like this give step free access on both sides, one such being
I am now going to brew myself a nice cup of tea and then have a lie down.