Of the apps we’ve tried from it so far, City Navigator is our favourite. It uses data from OpenStreetMap, TfGM, Manchester City Council, and CitySDK. It works in desktop and mobile Web browsers alike.
The ‘Find nearest services’ option allows you seek out nearby restaurants, bars, parks, libraries, recycling points and more and then see a plan for the next available public transport journey displayed on a map.
The ‘Browse map’ option, meanwhile, lets you set any start and end point and see the quickest way of getting there. As far as we can see, only Metrolink and buses are currently supported, which is enough for most journeys in Greater Manchester.
You can click on any interchange point to find out more about your transfer.
Whether you want to get from Norden to Northenden, Oldham to Oldfield Brow or make any other journey, this is a fun and genuinely useful tool. It’s a little rough around the edges in places but it’s lightyears ahead of TfGM’s own journey planner in terms of ease-of-use, at least when it comes to journeys that you want to take right away.
Excellent stuff! We’ll dig into other apps built using open public transport data soon.