Google Maps has been updated to include information about train routes throughout the UK as well as timetables, in its route planning tool. The web search giant has collaborated with thetrainline.com to help users search for their train journeys and best routes all over mainland Britain.
The updated service has added information on over 2,500 railway stations as well as 170,000 routes in the UK. In fact, it has also added 8,000 bus stops and more than 250 tube stations. Certain bus timetables have been included as well.
To access this feature users have to click on "Get Directions" on Google Maps. Then the users have to choose from driving, walking or public transport options. In fact, the mobile version of the feature automatically detects the fastest routes from the user's location to provide direction to nearby stations. It also provides separate links via which the user can buy tickets, The Guardian reports.
Product development director at thetrainline.com, Richard Rowson, stated, "We want to make sure consumers are always able to consider rail options when making a journey, and this innovation will help train travellers nationwide to do that by planning their route more easily."
Google assured users will get the best rail routes and also full information on departure as well as arrival times, duration of the journey along with the rail company that is facilitating the service.