Google Maps: Typical Traffic for Roads; Service Alerts for the London Underground

Goole Maps introduces real time service alerts for the 1 billion passengers that use the London Underground every year. "We'll let you know of any disruptions on the Underground that are happening at the time you need them most," informs Thijs van As of Google Transit.Public transport directions in Britain are available for all national […]

Goole Maps introduces real time service alerts for the 1 billion passengers that use the London Underground every year. "We'll let you know of any disruptions on the Underground that are happening at the time you need them most," informs Thijs van As of Google Transit.

Public transport directions in Britain are available for all national train routes, London Underground, Overground, DLR and bus routes, and many local bus routes.

To see these alerts, just tap on a station to see if there are any alerts active, or get public transport directions to your destination to see if an alert affects your travels.

Google Maps Real time service alerts for London Underground

London Underground Service Alerts on Google Maps

In addition to the real time service alerts, the Maps team also included planned engineering works for the weekends in its journey planner as well. "When planning a trip for the coming weekend, we will show you the relevant subway alerts as part of the directions results. You can plan a trip for the weekend by changing the departure time in the 'Get directions' tab. Should there be planned engineering works for your route, you won't run into any surprises on the day of travel," Thijs posted.

As usual, this information is available on maps.google.co.uk for desktop and mobile, but also on Google Maps for Android.

London Underground Service Alerts on Google Maps for Android

Also, Starting today, if you're planning a trip for which you anticipate traffic, you can now find out what typical traffic is like on these arterial roads, rather than just on highways, infomred Szabolcs Payrits, of Google Maps.

You can now access this data for important arterials in cities around the world to help you get where you want to go, and on time!

"Simply type in your starting and ending points to get directions in Google Maps, enable the traffic layer on the upper right hand side of the viewport, and then click "change" in the legend to switch from live traffic to Typical Traffic for these roads," Payrits explains.

To illustrate the improved comprehensiveness of the traffic data now available, below are the before and after traffic screenshots for London:

Traffic Information on Google Maps