Possibly with one eye on the Olympics next year, Google has announced that Google Maps for Mobile now comes with public transport directions for the London area.It's said to cover all 18,000 bus stops and over 250 Underground stations, so if you enter two places, landmarks, businesses or restaurants and click 'get directions', you’ll see all the possible public transport connections.
When using the mobile app (as opposed to the desktop variation), Maps even uses your current location to determine the best trip to your destination. Just search for your destination location, select it on the map and choose the 'directions' option.Even better if you own an Android-powered device – you can also get public transport directions with Transit Navigation (Beta) in Google Maps. With this, you’ll get alerts when it’s time to get off the bus or train at your destination or to make a transfer.
All of this is possible because London is one of the first major European cities to make its timetable information publicly available. Which means Google can use it to create clever apps. Let's hope other towns and cities in the UK follow London's example. In the meantime, if you are in the capital, give it a whirl.