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TFL’s Anxiety Tube Map Helps Sufferers to Navigate London

Written by Catherine Hales for Doctify

Travelling to work on the Tube every day can be a nuisance. But for those who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia, the journey can be almost unbearable. Luckily, the folks over at Transport for London have taken this into account and produced a special Underground map. This downloadable version helps travellers to plan routes that avoid areas with long stretches of tunnels where they might feel uncomfortable.

What does the new map show?

According to TfL, “There are 270 stations on the Tube network, but more than half are actually above ground, with the Victoria and Waterloo and City lines being the only lines that are wholly underground.”

“In the new design, parts of the lines on Harry Beck’s iconic map have been given a grey overlay to illustrate which stations or sections of track are underground. The new map also shows which London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail services are in tunnels.”

What is anxiety?

So, what actually is anxiety and how can affect us on a day to day basis? Psychologist Dr Brock Chisholm explains a little about the condition below:


Why might travelling on the Underground trigger anxiety?

Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive from Anxiety UK, said: “For those with anxiety conditions such as panic attacks and claustrophobia, we know that travel by the underground can be problematic and challenging. This new map is an excellent resource for those wishing to avoid journeys where there are tunnels; serving as a great pre-journey planning aid and increasing access to public transport. I sincerely hope that the map will encourage those with claustrophobia and/or panic attacks who have previously avoided this form of public transport out of fear, to re-consider their use of the Tube”.

You can find the map here.



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