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London Underground map update sparks debate as some brand it ‘Pube Map’

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The London underground map has been updated and redesigned to show the new direct services to and from central London on the Elizabeth line.

It comes as the Paddington interchange has officially opened, seeing the western part of the line now pass through Abbey Wood without passengers having to change from the main station.

The newest line of metro service is represented by a white line with two purple borders on the map.

In addition to showing all the routes that the Elisabeth line has to offer, including its streamlined journeys to Liverpool Street.

The map also shows the recently opened Bond Street Elizabeth line station which opened at the end of October.

Additionally, the update adds the name of London’s new cable car sponsor, IFS Cloud after rebranding over the summer.

Updated London Underground map draws criticism as some mark it ‘Pube Map’

However, not everyone shared their love for the new map, as some criticize the cover art of the paperback version, with some naming it “Pube Map”.

The new design was created by London-based South Korean artist Do Ho Suh who layered hair threads onto the metro map.

The added function was to “trace familiar routes of embroidery” while showing that not everyone follows the most rational routes.

But some rail service enthusiasts claim the book entitled Routes/Roots: London is more like “drain hair”.

Speaking about the cover, Suh said, “For over a decade I’ve put my roots in London and made it my home, my two children were born here, so it’s a privilege to work on TfL. iconic subway map.

“Basically, a lot of my work is about the transportability of space, what we take with us as we move around the world, so I loved working on a real map and thinking about the gaps between places and complicate the sharpness of the lines. »

Elenor Pinfield, Head of Art on the Underground, said: “Do Ho Suh’s new artwork focuses on the part of London where he travels most regularly, and in doing so we delve into the personal stories of this transit system.

“The curly threads that branch off from each station envision our journeys as swooping streams of color, capturing the poetic nature of the daily journey.”