Tube map ditches Thames

2009-09-17 22:05

London - London's subway bosses have erased the River Thames.

Mayor Boris Johnson on Thursday joined a chorus of disapproval at a new version of the London Underground map that does not show the river, which divides north London from south.

Subway operator Transport for London said the map was simplified after becoming cluttered.

Johnson's office said the mayor "has ordered the river to be reinstated as soon as possible."

Transport for London said it would heed the negative reaction and put the river back the next time the map is revised, in December.

Thousands of copies of the new map have been printed on posters and leaflets.

Designed by Frank Pick in 1933, the Tube map is considered one of the most successful pieces of visual design in history.