Map showing tunnels to help claustrophobia and anxiety sufferers on the Tube

A new map has been created showing sections of the Tube network which are above ground to help people who suffer from claustrophobia and anxiety.

It is hoped the map, released by TfL, will help commuters who struggle to use the London Underground work out routes they are comfortable with, and avoid long stretches of tunnels.

The new design – an amended version of the iconic Tube map – shows which stations and sections of the TfL network are below the ground by highlighting them in grey.

Half of the 270 stations on the Tube network are above ground, and the only lines that are entirely underground are the Victoria and Waterloo and City lines.

The new map, which had been welcomed by charities, also shows which London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail services are in tunnels.

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.”

 Mark Evers, Director of Customer Strategy for TfL, said: “Making the Tube network accessible for everyone is one of our top priorities.

“This new map is just one of the tools we have created in response to feedback from our customers on how we can make the transport network more accessible, making travelling easier and more comfortable for all our customers.”

The map can be downloaded here.

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