The scheme was developed in November 2007 with a prototype at Bond Street. Three pilot schemes were then implemented at the Southbank and Bankside, Covent Garden and Bloomsbury, and Twickenham and Richmond to further refine and improve the scheme. We are now working with London boroughs, developers and other organisations to continue to implement the scheme and improve wayfinding across London.

Why plan?

London Plan policy 6.10 identifies aspirations to promote alternative methods of sustainable transport which includes walking. By providing clear, comprehensive and consistent information, Legible London gives pedestrians the confidence to attempt more journeys by foot. Legible London contributes to further Mayoral and TfL objectives to create safer neighbourhoods, reducing the congestion on public transport and encouraging people to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Requirements for your planning application

There are no thresholds for scale or type of developments that require provision of Legible London signage, however developers should think about the wider pedestrian environment and where further walking opportunities could be enhanced.

Costs of any Legible London signage would be secured via a section 106 agreement. The costs associated with implementing Legible London (which include way-finding design and project management, map and sign artwork, sign manufacture and installation) are calculated on a site-by-site basis, please contact TfL for more information.

TfL owns all rights to the maps displayed on the Legible London signs and has responsibility for all updates to the maps. An update due to the construction of a new building would only be triggered if we decide that the building is a landmark and would improve the pedestrian way-finding of an area. Where an updated map is required, developer funding will be requested to refresh all maps within the vicinity of the site. Costs are developed on a case-by-case basis and will be discussed and agreed with the applicant and Local Planning Authority.

Read more about Legible London.

TfL's Improving Walkability Guide (2005) is a good practice guide to improving the 'walkability' of the streets, squares and spaces that make up the public realm. 'Walkability' can be characterised by the 5 C's: connected, convivial, conspicuous, comfortable and convenient.

Construction advice

Construction of any Legible London signage will be delivered by either TfL or the relevant borough following receipt of the financial contribution.

If a developer wishes to implement the way-finding scheme on private land, they will need to enter into a Third Party Agreement with TfL in order to secure the delivery of the scheme.

Any temporary works which require the relocation of an existing Legible London sign would need to be agreed prior to the grant of planning permission with TfL and all costs associated with relocation and reinstatement would be funded by the developer. All costs associated with relocation and reinstatement of Legible London signage should be funded by the developer.