Google has updated the UK version of its Maps service to allow you to plan train trips across England, Scotland and Wales.
This service will be able across the desktop version of Google Maps as well as on your mobile when it will use your current location to determine the quickest route, directing you to the nearest station.
Google has teamed up with thetrainline.com to give users access to train route and timetable information for more than 2,500 stations and 170,000 trips nationwide, as well as 8,000 bus stops and over 250 tube stations.
It was in July 2011 when Google began to roll out transport information for international cities such as London, including information for Tube, bus, tram and DLR. Customers will be given the best route by rail and full details including departure and arrival times, journey duration and which train company is operating the service.
While you cannot directly buy tickets from Google Maps at the moment, it does provide you a link to the company operating the particular route you are interested in. On your mobile, you’ll be redirected to the relevant app if you have it on your phone, such as the Trainline app as seen below.
To access public transport information from a desktop, users should visit maps.google.co.uk, click “Get Directions”, and enter origin and destination locations. Then click the icon depicting a train to obtain public transport directions and easily viewable train routes on the map.
Ed Parsons, Google UK’s geospatial technologist, said: “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. 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.”