Network West Midlands real time information now available on Google Maps

Up-to-the-minute bus and Midland Metro timetable information is now available via the maps service of internet giants Google.

Users of the desktop and app service can now tap or click on the icon for a bus or Metro stop anywhere in the Midlands and it will reveal not just the timetable for the services using that stop but also how far away it is from arrival.

It has been developed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and Ito World of Ipswich.

Users simply go into Google Maps, tap the bus/Metro stop icon then tap on the service number to bring up the information.

Cllr Richard Worrall, chair of the WMCA’s transport delivery committee, said: “Millions of people use Google Maps every day so it is important that we are able to provide as much information as possible.

“Previously, all that was available was just the static timetable but now, anyone who needs public transport information in the West Midlands will know not just time their bus or trams is due but also how long they will have to wait.”

The service is available on Android and IOS phone platforms.

Johan Herrlin, CEO of Ito World, said: “Ito is delighted to partner with Transport for West Midlands and Google Maps.

“Making service information available through platforms such as Google Maps creates a better experience for transit users while massively extending the reach of TfWM.”