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Google Maps update for web, iOS and Android adds UK public transport routes

17,000 boat, ferry, train and tram routes now available
Wed May 14 2014, 10:17

Google maps logo GOOGLE HAS UPDATED Google Maps to include public transport information for the entire UK, including train, boat and tram routes.

Google Maps has previously offered public transport information for London and some areas of south-east England, but its latest update announced on Monday now covers all of the UK. Google said that it will add data for Northern Ireland soon.

Google said that all bus, tram, train and ferry routes - almost 17,000 of them - are now available on its Maps service, which can be accessed via the web or with Google Maps apps for iOS and Android. The information covers more than 1,000 transport operators, and includes details such as departure times, interchanges and distances between stations.

This comes just a week after Google added Uber integration to Google Maps for iOS and Android, along with better offline management.

David Tattersall, product manager for public transport in Google Maps, said in a statement,"While national rail data and public transport information is already available in Google Maps for some cities like London, we now provide coverage across the whole of Great Britain.

"To make this happen we added schedules from National Express, and partnered with Traveline which collates the information from nearly 1,500 local and national operators like Centro and Merseyside."

The UK government Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, added, "Government and transport operators have worked together closely over the past decade to make transport data available and to develop journey planning services like Traveline and Transport Direct. Public transport in Google Maps, launched today, builds on this work.

"The development of applications by the private sector using transport data helps us plan journeys whilst on the go."

As well as updating its Google Maps service, the internet giant has also released an update to Google Search for iOS, which brings conversational voice search to the iPhone and iPad. µ


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