Google Maps now offers UK train journey info

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Thumbnail image for google_maps_logo.pngGoogle Maps have joined forces with thetrainline to offer nationwide UK train travel information as part of their journey planning service.

As well as getting London Underground info and car and pedestrian direction, Google Maps users will now be able to check travel information on 2,500 train stations and 170,000 train trips, as well as 8,000 bus stops.

Integrated into the existing Google Maps platform, national rail, Underground, bus, tram and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line information will be accessible through train and bus icons on maps, providing both timetable information and walking directions too.

“Google Maps seeks to provide a wide range of relevant local information, and public transport station and schedule information is definitely a part of that,” said Ed Parsons, Google UK’s geospatial technologist.

“It is great to be able to partner with companies like thetrainline.com and have their schedule information available in Google Maps for the whole of Britain. This means we can reach and help a larger number of people with useful national rail train information.”

The service also gives users the ability to book journeys, with timetables linking out to the thetrainline booking page.

Available through the desktop version of Google Maps, the feature has yet to hit the dedicated mobile apps. However, mobile mappers can still access the info by checking Google Maps through their phone web browsers rather than the dedicated app.

Gerald Lynch