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Walking becomes easier on the South Bank with introduction of new signage

Visitors to South Bank, Bankside and Waterloo will be able to navigate their way on foot more easily from this month, thanks to the expansion of a pedestrian information system called ‘Legible London’.

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 train stations, and other amenities.

The Transport for London (TfL) scheme has been developed in partnership with Lambeth Council.

Legible London has already been successfully guiding pedestrians around the Bond Street station area of central London for the past two years. Now, 94 wayfinding signs are being installed on the South Bank, Bankside and Waterloo to help visitors find their way quickly and easily on foot.

Councillor Nigel Haselden, Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainability on Lambeth Council, said: “Legible London will make a real difference to the thousands of people who visit the South Bank each week and we are delighted to be supporting it.

“Lambeth sets a high priority on making the walking environment more attractive and there a many parts of the borough that have seen significant improvements. All too often it’s tempting to jump onto public transport or even into the car when it’s just as quick and easy to walk. Legible London is an excellent initiative which clearly shows how efficient and interesting it is to travel across an area on foot.”

Ben Plowden, Director of Integrated Programme Delivery at TfL, said: “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.

“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.”

The scheme is funded by TfL in partnership with Lambeth Council, Cross River Partnership, South Bank Employers’ Group, Better Bankside and Waterloo Quarter BID. Signs have already been installed near the IMAX cinema, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, and Bernie Spain Gardens on the riverside. Signage has also been installed near Waterloo Bridge to connect Lambeth Bridge in the west with Tate Modern in the east.

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