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London's Poverty Profile: Map of the Month - access to work

Author: Oliver O'Brien, researcher and software developer at the UCL Department of Geography

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Our latest Map of the Month for London's Poverty Profile shows how accessible the breadth of the capital is via car and public transport, and reveals that it's not as even as may be assumed.

London's employment market is huge, but access to it is uneven. Slow, congested roads, access charges and constrained parking make a commute by car difficult, particular to the central business districts, while public transport is a good option if you are on a train or tube line - but not if you aren't. The maps look at the true nature of the city's accessibility by either public transport or car.

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About the author

The Map of the Month is produced by Oliver O'Brien. Oliver is a researcher and software developer at the UCL Department of Geography, where he investigates and implementing new ways to visualise spatial data, including mapping of open demographic and socioeconomic datasets, particularly London-focused ones, using OpenLayers. In the past he’s analysed educational geodemographics, UK census data and London travel flows, and created a number of popular visualisations such as CityDashboard, the Bike Share Map and the London Tube Stats Map. Formerly a financial software programmer, he studied for an MSc in GIS at City University London, and joined UCL in 2008, working at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and in Geography. In his leisure time he contributes to the OpenStreetMap project, which aims to create a free Wikipedia-style map of the whole world, as well as competing in and organising orienteering races. He blogs at oobrien.com and co-edits mappinglondon.co.uk.

29 April 2022