Google Maps adds alerts for Tube delays

Google has upgraded its Maps service to include live information about disruptions to the London Underground network in order to try and help the 31 million expected visitors to the city avoid trouble spots and delays in the capital during the Olympics this summer.

Google has upgraded its Maps service to include live information about disruptions to the London Underground network in order to try and help the 31 million expected visitors to the city avoid trouble spots and delays in the capital during the Olympics this summer.

The Olympics, which will largely take place in East London as well as other venues in the UK, is expected to add significant numbers of travellers to London's public transport network and will likely result in a number of delayed services.

"Last summer we announced live transit updates, providing travellers with up-to-date information when planning their trips. We are excited about adding real time alerts for the 1 billion passengers that use the Underground every year," Google said.

Users of the web-based version of Google Maps will be able to use the live updates information service, as well as users of the Google Maps for Android app, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday.

In addition to adding real-time alerts, Google has also included information about planned engineering works taking place on weekends to help advanced planning.

"When planning a trip for the coming weekend, we will show you the relevant subway alerts as part of the directions results," Google said. "Should there be planned engineering works for your route, you won't run into any surprises on the day of travel."

Image credit: Google

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