THE GREAT RIVER U-TURN FOR TUBE; THAMES AND . FARE ZONES REINSTATED ON NEW MAPS AFTER DAY OF PROTESTS; Tube U-Turn

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Byline: Ross Lydall and Katharine Barney

TUBE maps that fail to show the Thames and the Underground's fare zone system are to be scrapped after a U-turn ordered by Boris Johnson.

Transport for London today announced it would replace the maps after an outcry from politicians and passenger groups and fears that people could end up paying higher fares by accident.

Passengers have to pay a premium for entering zone one in central London. TfL decided to remove the zones and the river because it said some passengers had complained that the map, based on Harry Beck's design classic, had become increasingly cluttered.

But the Mayor ordered an immediate rethink after seeing the Standard's coverage of the story on his return from New York.

The new maps will be introduced in December -- when the map is due to be updated to reflect changes to the Circle line. TfL insists there will be no additional cost as a result. A spokesman said today: "The overwhelming public reaction is that the Tube and Thames should be reunited, so that's exactly what we will do. New maps showing the Thames will be reintroduced from December .

"We are also looking again at the provision of zonal information to ensure that it is widely available to customers and aim to reach a conclusion on that, also by December, when the new Circle line service needs to be reflected. …