TfL Website Gets a Google Maps-Infused Facelift

By Gerald Lynch on at

Considering eight million people use it monthly, the Transport for London website has been long overdue a makeover -- it was clunky, ugly, and sometimes downright confusing as to showing users the best transport options for trips around the capital. A significant redesign of the service launches today, and it's instantly a zillion times more useable than what went before it.

Optimised across smartphone, tablet and computers, it's just left an eight month beta period. The headlining feature for many will be deeply integrated Google Maps, including Street View, helping you locate the nearest stations and stops via Google's superlative mapping service. A "Nearby" feature now also offers up directions to all tube, bus, river, overground, rail, DLR and Boris Bike cycle stations in the vicinity -- as well as availability when it comes to the pushbike hire service.

Other features include live traffic data and a "more intuitive" Journey Planner, that also now retains regularly used routes and uses Google's mapping data to provide alternative walking and cycling routes. All this is presented in a cleaner, clearer interface that puts the most regularly used services to the fore. [TfL]