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Legible London signs make South Bank and Bankside easier to navigate

London SE1 website team

Visitors to the South Bank and Bankside can find their way with ease thanks to the expansion of Transport for London's pedestrian information system called Legible London.

Ben Plowden and Nigel Haselden
Ben Plowden of TfL and Lambeth Council's Cllr Nigel Haselden at Waterloo Bridge

The system of on-street signs, maps and fingerposts uses 3D images of key buildings and landmarks to give people a quick sense of their bearings and help them locate tourist attractions, shops, parks, toilets, tube and railway stations and other amenities.

The maps will also be displayed in tube stations and at bus stops to give users consistent information throughout their journey.

After a two-year trial in the Bond Street area, 94 wayfinding signs are being installed in the South Bank, Bankside and Waterloo areas to help visitors find their way quickly and easily on foot.

"London's size can make it challenging to navigate the city on foot, leading to people using the Tube or buses for shorter journeys when it is often quicker to walk,"says Ben Plowden, director of integrated programme delivery.

"The Legible London scheme has already helped hundreds of thousands of pedestrians in the Bond Street area to quickly get their bearings and walk between landmarks, attractions and other amenities without getting lost.

"Now, visitors to South Bank, Bankside and Waterloo will also benefit from the scheme which we hope will give many thousands of people the confidence to strike out on foot and discover how enjoyable and convenient walking can be."

Legible London is part of work to reduce the overall amount of street clutter. Its installation will allow the removal of obsolete signage.

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