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Google partners Canal & River Trust

The new Canal & River Trust has announced that Google will be one of its first partners when it launches on 12th July, according to a story first published in the Guardian today. Soon, Google Maps will be updated to allow users to plan journeys including bridges, locks and more than 2,000 miles of canal and river routes.

The project is being launched with the Canal and River Trust, which begins its stewardship of the nation's waterways on 12th July. 

Tony Hales, the chairman of the trust, said: "We are delighted that these exciting partners have come on board as we launch. This is a huge vote of confidence in the Canal and River Trust and recognition of the important role it will play as the guardian of one of the nation's environmental treasures."

Ed Parsons, a geospatial technologist at Google UK, said of the project: "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."

Tuesday 19 June  | Andrew Denny  | 8.04am, Tuesday 19 June 2012

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