Google expands Street View coverage in Europe

Google has increased the reach of its Street View mapping service in Europe, with new or updated imagery available for Bulgaria, Russia and the UK.

Google has expanded the coverage of its Street View mapping service in Europe.

The update, announced on Thursday on the Google Maps blog, allows people to view parts of Bulgaria for the first time, as well as bringing images of 200 extra towns and cities in Russia, and new and updated imagery for the UK.

The Bulgarian capital of Sofia has been added to Google Street View Image: Google

Bulgaria becomes the 48th country to get 360-degree street-level imagery through Google Maps, with Bulgarian cities like Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna as well as tourist towns like Veliko Turnovo and Koprvishtitsa added to Street View.

The update also sees 200 new Russian towns and cities - such as Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics - added to Street View's existing images of Russian cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg.

Google also announced that it is updating the images of thousands of miles of streets in major cities like London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, as well as filling in some of the gaps where there was no Street View coverage. It also added new images to parts of the Scottish coastline, bits of East Anglia and parts of South Wales.

Google added 250,000 miles of Street View coverage last October as part of its biggest update to the service to date.