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The first diagrammatic map of London's tube network was designed in 1931 by Harry Beck, a London Underground employee who realised the physical locations of the stations were irrelevant to the traveller. Beck devised a simplified map, consisting of stations, straight line segments connecting them, and the River Thames - lines ran only vertically, horizontally, or on 45 degree diagonals. London Underground was initially sceptical of his proposal (it was an uncommissioned spare-time project), and it was tentatively introduced to the public in a small pamphlet in 1933. It immediately became popular, and the Underground has used topological maps to illustrate the network ever since. Beck continued to update the Underground map until 1960, and his final version bears a strong resemblance to the modern-day map.