Bookmark this! City Navigator is a beautifully simple way to plan your next public transport journey in Manchester

FutureEverything recently held an innovation challenge around local public transport data in Greater Manchester.

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.

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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.

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You can click on any interchange point to find out more about your transfer.

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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.

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6 Responses to Bookmark this! City Navigator is a beautifully simple way to plan your next public transport journey in Manchester

  1. Shaun says:

    Just had a quick try on the computer and first impressions are ‘it’s fantastic’. Very clever and should hopefully be better if they could implement GPS data to give you real-time information.

  2. Ian says:

    “only Metrolink and buses are currently supported, which is enough for most journeys in Greater Manchester” unless you live in Wigan or Bolton, where TfGM has decreed that Metrolink will never reach.

    I have come to expect this attitude that Bolton & Wigan don’t matter from TfGM, but I didn’t expect it on here.

    • Martin Bryant says:

      That’s not what I meant at all! Just that bus and Metrolink (combined) cover the whole of Greater Manchester, so it will offer suitable journeys wherever you are.

      • Ian says:

        Sorry, it’s just a sore point going back to the TIF, when Bolton and Wigan residents were expected to pay congestion charge but receive very little in return. Even the proposed map of Metrolink was skewed to hide this.

        My point was that for anyone in Wigan/Bolton trying to get to Manchester, buses alone are not enough unless you want to spend an age on the bus. The train is therefore a vital part of the journey.

        The city navigator works very well in the way it show the times to next bus, but it does need to include trains to be useful for those in Bolton and Wigan.

  3. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    Digging into my hard-copy transport archives, I found a copy of the Manchester Evening News dated Friday, 12th December 2008, where the entire front page was devoted to the referendum results on the proposed congestion charging scheme. With regard to the posting concerning the areas of Bolton and Wigan, the votes cast were as follows:-

    BOLTON
    For : 20,529
    Against : 76,910

    WIGAN
    For : 27,810
    Against : 78,565

  4. Paul Sizorczuk did you work at Crossley Engines in the 1980’s? Apologies if wires are crossed!

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