Google Maps Adding Waterway Routes For England and Wales

Posted Jun 20, 2012

When you search for directions on Google Maps in the United Kingdom, you will notice that waterways in England and Wales are not included. Google will be changing this and soon waterways will be added to plan a trip around the use of the waterways. Google partnered with the Canal and River Trust, a charity that will be working with the water network in the two countries. Google Maps will be updated to include 2,000 miles and river paths. “Say, I’m by a canal in Paddington and I want to go to Camden, and I put this information into Google Maps as a walking route – it wouldn’t send me to the canal, even though it’s a nice green route to get there, it would send me by road,” said Trust spokesman Jonathan Ludford in an interview with the BBC. This will be especially useful to people that live near the canals.

“It’s a very exciting project – Google is basically putting the canal network of England and Wales on the map, and people will be able to put in a route and if it’s appropriate to go by canal, they would go by canal,” Ludford added. “A lot of people live by canals, and we want them to use these canals – so to have Google promoting the waterways is a really exciting initiative.”

“Canal towpaths offer green routes through our towns and cities, and by working with the Canal and River Trust we’re adding towpaths to Google Maps and encouraging people to discover their local waterway,” said Google U.K. geospatial technologist Ed Parsons.