2018 Legible London

2018 Legible London

by Mark Wardell

Legible London, 2018

Legible London is a wayfinding project designed to provide better information throughout the capital for people who want to walk. Studies found that the multitude of pedestrian signs was ineffective and confused people, and that pedestrians also relied too heavily on the iconic Tube map to navigate above ground.*

Transport for London therefore 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 first Legible London prototype was installed in Oxford Street in 2007. After successful pilots in other parts of the capital, Legible London was rolled out more widely. The 2012 Olympics provided an additional catalyst and soon the signs were familiar in central London. In 2017 Legible London was extended to cover the London Borough of Hounslow.**

Acknowledgements: Transport for London.

* Legible London Yellow Book: A prototype wayfinding system for London, 2007
** Legible London: Evaluation report 2013-14

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