The Design Thinking Behind London’s New $4B Subway Trains

Stefan Schmitt

Descend underground into London’s subway system, and “Mind the Gap” is everywhere. It’s spelled out in tiles on the edge of the platform, it’s announced through the loudspeakers, and it’s probably splashed across a tourist’s t-shirt. But sometime around 2020, the actual gap—the dangerous space between the train and the platform that prompted the transit system in 1969 to start warning passengers—will begin to disappear.

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