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Metro Mapping

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

All Maps Are Wrong, Some Are Useful


The purposes of doing Metro Mapping are:

  • Communicate the scope & scale of the programme to senior stakeholders.

  • Create a common reference model that’s understood and adopted by everyone.

  • Prepare for a discussion on business services - impact, risk etc.

  • Introduce the concept of a change-wide 'Services' model.


The benefits of doing Metro Mapping are:

  • Rapid understanding of which aspects of the business will be involved in a change

  • A mutual understanding of through visual language for the change programme

  • Productive discussions in workshops and planning sessions

  • The basis for all business change discussions; risk, progress, priority, and cost.

  • As an aid in budget approval.


The London Tube Map

“The Tube map (aka London Underground Map or the TfL Services Map) is a schematic transport map of the lines, stations and services of the London Underground, known colloquially as "the Tube", hence the map's name. The first schematic Tube map was designed by Harry Beck in 1931”. As a schematic diagram, it does not show the geographic locations but rather the relative positions of the stations, lines, the stations' connective relations, and fare zones. The basic design concepts have been widely adopted for other such maps around the world, and for maps of other sorts of transport networks and even conceptual