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UK Passport: Tube Map On Design Already Labelled 'Sexist' Is Full Of Mistakes

06/11/2015 13:44 GMT | Updated 06/11/2015 13:59 GMT

The latest UK Passport design, already at the centre of a sexism row for only featuring two women, also contains a Tube map which is full of inaccuracies.

The travel document, dubbed the most secure in the world, was released last week and faced a barrage of criticism, with the Fawcett Society saying that the Passport Office had "airbrushed women out of history". Only two women were among nine champions of creativity featured.

As well as featuring historical figures like William Shakespeare and mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace, the Passport has maps of south London and the capital's Underground network, alongside national landmarks, and emblems of British culture, including red telephone boxes, and Tube trains.

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The new UK Passport is full of Tube map inaccuracies

The London SE1 website has since spotted that Southwark station had been omitted completely from the Tube map. Instead the map shows the Jubilee line running straight from Waterloo to London Bridge.

The map also appears to be several years out of date, as it shows the East London Line terminating at New Cross Gate, the Evening Standard reported. The route ceased to be used in 2010.

A second map, which shows the streets and railway lines of inner south London, includes DLR and mainline railway stations - as well as Tube stations which are based in rail terminals.

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The new passport was promoted as the "most secure in the world"

It also appears to show London Bridge station on the wrong side of Tooley Street, while Queen’s Road Peckham station is also in the wrong place.

The public have been quick to see the funny side of the Tube map mistakes.

The Home Office is yet to comment on the Tube map inaccuracies, but of the earlier claims of sexism, it said: “The theme of the new passport is a celebration of creativity in the United Kingdom throughout the past 500 years.

“The UK is lucky to have had a huge number of influential and innovative cultural figures throughout history and narrowing it down to a final number was an extremely difficult decision.”

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