Route planning tool Google Maps has added UK train timetables and routes to help travellers to move around the country more easily. In collaboration with thetrainline.com, Google Maps is now supplying information on 2,500 stations and 170,000 routes. It is also showing more than 250 London Underground stations and around 8,000 bus stops across the UK.
Those visiting the site can also access walking routes and a number of bus timetables. There is an option to click through to thetrainline.com so that the availability of tickets can be checked and booked.
Thetrainline.com’s product development director, Richard Rowson, said the intention was to give travellers the option of choosing to travel around the country by train and better organise those journeys. The launch of the service comes ahead of the summer Olympic Games in London. More than 30 million tourists are expected to visit and Google Maps is available in over 50 languages.
Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of VisitBritain, said the initiative was exciting and that it would help those who have come over for the Games to explore the whole of the UK. He added that he hoped the application would spur people on to get out of the capital and explore.
Those wishing to use the tool simply need to log on to the Google Maps site, enter their origin and destination and click the train icon. The best route by train, including relevant departure and arrival times will then be displayed. Information on the duration of the journey is also provided, as are details of the train company.