16:07 PM, 14th October 2011, About 10 years ago
Maps that show commuting times to a destination postcode are a great aid for landlords who want to highlight public transport links near their properties.
Students and universities are big users of the new mapping service that works out bus and train travel times.
Landlords can use the maps to show prospective tenants just how long a trip in to a city centre or to a university will take.
The data can help landlords select property locations on good routes in to key areas, while tenants who want to know how long the trip to work or university will take can choose to rent a property in a convenient neighbourhood.
The mapping concept is simple – a property postcode is input in to the web site and a map is displayed with ripple zones away from the home in different colours representing 15 minute travel time bands.
This example is centred on Cardiff University showing all areas within a 75 minute commute. The inner red band denotes all the areas within 15 minutes travel of the campus.
Each change of colour moving away from the university adds another 15 minutes to the public transport commute.
In this example, students looking to travel no more than 30 minutes to get to the university should look for homes to rent in the two central red and amber zones. Those who do not mind adding an extra 15 minutes could consider homes in the yellow zone as well.
The maps can also be customised for travel at different times, so if lectures start at 9.30 am and students need to be there by 9.15, the map can be set for travel in the rush hour.
The commute area can be customised to travel times from 30 to 180 minutes and are prepared from public transport timetables and travel data.
Ten standard 1200 x 1200 pixel maps cost £25 each, and come with a licence for use on websites. The maps are available online from Mapumental
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