Google Maps to help plan train travel

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getting on a trainIf you're planning on taking the kids on a day out this half term - or could simply do with freeing up an extra few minutes in your day-to-day commute - you may be pleased to hear about a new service which makes planning rail journeys quicker and easier.

The new initiative from Google and the Trainline.com allows you to find details of 170,000 train journeys by merely logging onto Google Maps.

You can then check out timetables for your trips before simply clicking through to the Trainline to book. Easy!

If you juggle work with bringing up a family your free time will be precious, but using this new tool means you'll be able to arrange a day out in minutes rather than hours, as you'll have all the information you need within a few mouse clicks.

What if you're travelling with little ones who can't walk too far? No problem, for the new service also allows you to find out about walking distances to and from the station as well as other facilities.

Overall it covers more than 2,500 stations, 8,000 bus stops and over 250 Tube stations.

The Trainline says the new service will show families that travelling by train can be both easy to arrange and cheap.

Product development director Richard Rowson said: "We're delighted to be providing train travel information through Google Maps for the first time.

"We want to make sure that 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."

To access public transport information from a desktop, users should visit maps.google.co.uk, click 'Get directions' and enter your origin and destination locations.

Then click the train icon for public transport directions and easily viewable train routes on the map.

Users can also use the desktop service on their mobiles, but so far there is no word on whether the Google Maps app on smartphones will include the new developements.

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