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Author Topic: The mysterious case of two Didcot Parkways (Google Maps error)  (Read 425 times)
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« 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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« Reply #1 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
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« Reply #2 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  Huh. 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.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2021, 10:22:44 am »

A bit car-centric organisation?
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 10:28:32 am »

A bit car-centric organisation?
Perhaps more automobile centred?
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« Reply #5 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.
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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 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

[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/]
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« Reply #9 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.
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« Reply #10 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".   Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2021, 03:43:09 pm »

Altogether now.........."There's only one Didcot Parkway"  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2021, 08:52:44 pm »

Altogether now.........."There's only one Didcot Parkway"  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2021, 06:52:09 am »

Deliberate errors in maps are not uncommon, to better detect copyright infringement.
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