'Manchester Metrolink tram at Chorlton station on the newly opened South Manchester extension, departing for Manchester Victoria

Planning a journey across London using public transport has been possible in Google Maps from mid-2011. Since then, though, the search specialist has made only slight improvements to this feature, as well as extending its scope to cover other parts of south-east England. Google's finally making an effort to incorporate public transport info from further afield into Maps, announcing it's now got practically every route across Great Britain covered (Northern Ireland is still "in the works"). From today, Maps will look at train, bus, tram, ferry, underground and even airborne routes to help you get from one side of the country to the other, whether you be planning a trip from your computer, or within the iOS or Android apps. Support for a wider array of services and regions has been a long time coming, but at least you can now visualise where you want to go and how to get there, all without switching tabs.

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Google adds nearly all UK public transport routes to Maps for easier journey planning