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Title: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: didcotdean on April 02, 2021, 05:10:24 pm
Probably won't confuse anyone on here, but an erroneous duplication of Didcot Parkway has appeared on Google Maps, in the middle of the Great Western Park housing development. Maybe someone's April Fool, but the wrong one seems to be the default for some circumstances.

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Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: Surrey 455 on April 02, 2021, 07:57:58 pm
Some time ago I noticed there were two Box Hill & Westhumble stations on Google Maps. One in the correct place, the other on the site of the Burford Bridge Hotel. I've just looked again and the marker is no longer on the hotel but Google have renamed the station "Boxhill - Burford Bridge Hotel". I've submitted an edit request so hopefully this can be corrected. The hotel is to the east of the station on the other side of the A24

https://goo.gl/maps/9ML44YJvSDihgUv9A


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: RichT54 on April 03, 2021, 08:29:17 am
A couple of years ago I notified Google of an error on Google Maps relating to the footpath just south of Sandhurst station. Google maps shows it as being connected to the footpath that goes up to the station's platform 2 which is incorrect as the two footpaths are not joined at all. The footpath from Swan Lane actually connects to the unnamed road to the south of the station which then connects to the High Street.

After my first message they redrew the footpaths but still showed them joined together  ???. Also both footpaths are now shown as a narrow roads instead of using dashed lines like they use for the footpath to platform 1.

When I sent a second message stating that it was still wrong, they just ignored it.


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: CyclingSid on April 03, 2021, 10:22:44 am
A bit car-centric organisation?


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: ellendune on April 03, 2021, 10:28:32 am
A bit car-centric organisation?
Perhaps more automobile centred?


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: RichT54 on April 03, 2021, 10:50:38 am
It's possibly the case. Some time previously I had pointed out that they were not showing the rerouting of the A3 through the Hindhead tunnel for quite some time after its opening. They thanked me for pointing it out and updated it fairly quickly.


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: didcotdean on April 03, 2021, 11:01:43 am
The duplicate now has disappeared, or more accurately shifted to the real location as there are now two markers there with the slightly different names as shown above. I submitted an edit request, probably not the only one.


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: Surrey 455 on April 03, 2021, 12:03:43 pm
When I sent a second message stating that it was still wrong, they just ignored it.


A few years ago I submitted an edit request pointing out that the local Safeway was now a Co-Op. My request was rejected, can't remember the reason why but they did correct it eventually.


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: RichT54 on April 03, 2021, 01:21:06 pm
I did wonder if Google Maps was just using an out-of-date source for the footpaths, but I found an Ordnance Survey map online that was published in 1911 which clearly shows the footpaths matching their current  positions.

https://maps.nls.uk/view/104198815 (https://maps.nls.uk/view/104198815)

[The National Library of Scotland website has an excellent collection of historical maps online, including many from the Ordnance Survey: https://maps.nls.uk/os/ (https://maps.nls.uk/os/)]


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: Surrey 455 on April 03, 2021, 02:30:10 pm
One other thing that has been bugging me in Google Maps for a few years is Brighton Station which they describe as
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Chain retailer carrying the brand's signature jewelry, accessories, leather handbags & more.

My edit request pointing out this was a train station was ignored.


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: bobm on April 03, 2021, 03:31:05 pm
My edit request pointing out this was a train station was ignored.

Perhaps you should have said "railway station".   ;D


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: TaplowGreen on April 03, 2021, 03:43:09 pm
Altogether now.........."There's only one Didcot Parkway"  :)


Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: bignosemac on April 03, 2021, 08:52:44 pm
Altogether now.........."There's only one Didcot Parkway"  :)

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Title: Re: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)
Post by: rower40 on April 05, 2021, 06:52:09 am
Deliberate errors in maps are not uncommon, to better detect copyright infringement.
[citation needed]



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