Google has today released a new update to its Maps service in the UK, which they say is the biggest transit update since the company first launched the service.
The update will add data that will allow users to get information on various public transport options, adding the time and route of every train, tram, bus and ferry in the UK, with a total of nearly 17,000 different route possibilities and 34,000 stopping points, ferry ports and stations according to the company.
The update has been released for the Android, iOS and desktop application, and will even offer transport guidance that includes information from Traveline and National Express.
David Tattersall, product manager for public transport in Google Maps, sad the following about the update in the release statement: “In Britain, public transport is part of the national psyche, the biggest changes will be on mobile, as devices are becoming more and more powerful and they’re things we spend a lot of time with. We’re aiming to really improve users’ lives.”
“You’ll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you’d rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.”