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Sunderland pair create ‘overground’ map to help Londoners during the Tube Strike

A copy of the London tube walking map created by Joe Watson and Aryven Arasen from The University of Sunderland.

A copy of the London tube walking map created by Joe Watson and Aryven Arasen from The University of Sunderland.

A PROJECT by two former Wearside graduates could help London commuters avoid travel chaos during strike action.

The Tube Strike Walking Map, created by Joe Watson and Aryven Arasen, is a handy map which shows how long it takes to walk between each tube station, to help out commuters affected by the 48-hour tube strike.

The pair, who both graduated from the University of Sunderland with degrees in Advertising and Design last year, redesigned the traditional map after the announcement that members of the Rail, Martime and Transport Union (RMT) are in a dispute with the London Underground, and will be striking from tonight until Thursday.

The map is designed to help Londoners avoid transport queues, especially during rush hour, and even lists famous landmarks across the capital which tourists may miss while travelling underground.

Joe, 23, said: “We got the idea from the previous strikes, as people were struggling to get home by the Tube and realised that most of the central stops were 10 minutes away.

“The campaign was a success as many Londoners walked their way into work. We are delighted with the response to this campaign and weren’t expecting so much publicity, so it’s been great.”

Joe and Aryven met at the University of Sunderland in 2010 when they began their course, and after realising that their ideas worked well together, they became a creative team.

Keith Nevens, course leader for Advertising at the University of Sunderland, said: “It was a pleasure to teach such self motivating, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial students. We are still in constant contact and they continue to do me and the university proud.”

 

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