Google Maps adds London Underground route-planning

July 28th, 2011

Google Maps Public transportLondon commuters can now get public transport directions using Google Maps, as the search engine-giant has added the feature to its mobile apps and website.

Available now on iOS, BlackBerry and Android-powered handsets, the new-and-improved Google Maps enables route-planning via Transport for London, covering 18,000 bus stops and over 250 London Underground stations.

On the official Google Mobile blog, Google’s transmit directions manager, Thijs Van As said: “Let’s say you’re at Trafalgar Square, and you want to visit Madame Tussauds. With a simple directions search, you’ll see all the possible public transport connections”.

“Just search for your destination location, select it on the map and choose the ‘Directions’ option. The suggested trips will be based on your location by default, and provide you multiple alternatives whenever possible.”

If you’re using an Android device, you can use the Transit Navigation feature, which although still beta testing, provides both direction and signals you with alerts when it’s time to get off or change.

[Source: Google Mobile Blog]