Going Underground?

If you are heading to London in the next few days, you might want to arm yourself with the new underground map, now available thanks to The Independent’s imaginative artists and the original designer of the London tube map, Henry Beck.

Mind The Gap (Image Source: The Independent)

Mind The Gap. New places appear on Underground map of London’s Tubes, thanks to job cuts (Image Source: The Independent)

There are a few new places on the map, due to a 48 hour strike, with a second strike promised if the government continues its threats to cut jobs.

Places like “Promises End,” and “Boris Circus,” or “Broken Bond Street,” and “Pledgegone West,” have all appeared on Beck’s underground map.

And by the way, the black line image is not giving you the “peace sign.” Think opposite of wishing you peace and tranquility. That’s the good old FU sign.

According to rail workers, travelers might have to rethink their needs and ability to access tube transport due to the cuts. Underground rail workers lashed back at threatened cuts by displaying a sign to showcase what won’t be available if jobs are cut.

Just a heads up from people who might lose their jobs in London's Underground (Image Source: Occupy London on Twitter)

Just a heads up from people who might lose their jobs in London’s Underground (Image Source: Occupy London on Twitter)

“Please do not be disabled or poor, or new to London. Avoid being too young or too old,” a sign states. The staffers are not available to assist you and, “we will not be able to help you. Tough.”

Passengers are advised to know all 270 stations and the lines and stops, and not be assaulted or harassed whilst traveling underground.

“Please ensure there are no delays on your journey or any accidents, emergencies, incidences, or evacuations.”

Other maps being mocked up include a walking tube map which shows the 3 million daily tube users the walking distance between stations.

In New York on Sunday, it took people leaving Giant’s Stadium, on average, 3 hours to get on a train. Imagine facing a commute like that for 2 full days, and a second strike on the way if Boris Johnson and the Underground Rail Workers Union don’t resolve the situation.

Metro North Railroad Map (Image Source: MNR.info.map)

Metro North Railroad Map (Image Source: MNR.info.map)

We’ve had our own woes here on the other side of the pond with rail issues, as reported in the MNR (Metro North Railroad) Report of 2011.

“Portions of the overhead catenary system on the New Haven Line date to 1914.”

That’s World War One, people, World War One.

There have been derailments, no air conditioning, delays due to weather, no electricity, no heat, and Super Bowl Sunday, but that’s more subway related. Start thinking of funny map mock-ups now. Because when you are waiting for that train or subway for 3 hours, it won’t seem so funny.

MTA subways map (Image Source: MTA.info)

MTA subways map (Image Source: MTA.info)

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