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03:28 pm: new tiles, new errors
Google Maps has got a new tileset since I last noticed. Obvious defects in areas I am familiar with.

1. London omitted at Z5 in favour of Reading
2. placenames in London that appear at Z11 disappear at Z12. The placenames on Z12 are a strange set, mostly the larger parks ("Hackney Marsh", "Victoria Park", but no Hackney, for example), but also "Harringay Ladder", which is a name I've never seen on a map before, and particularly oddly "The London Wetland Centre (The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust)".
3. There's a "Dodgy Park" that has appeared just west of East Ferry Road on the Isle of Dogs, which seems to be some sort of nickname
4. Walthamstow Village is captioned "Upper Walthamstow", entirely the wrong place
5. the part of Wardour Street south of Shaftesbury Avenue is still labelled "Whitcomb Street", five years on and counting.
6. Knightsbridge label applied to an area west of Exhibition Road

Problems in new render:

1. railways render weird when bunched together at Z13 particularly and closer, e.g. around Stonebridge Park or the approaches to Kings Cross St Pancras.

But hey, at least

1. the M25 is no longer labelled as an "Autoroute britannique", and
2. and it doesn't think the A329 through Reading is a motorway any more

I don't know what exactly is going on here, but from the outside it appears Google Maps has been generally getting poorer with time. Absurdly poorer. I can only assume they don't test with London. Or possibly at all.

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Date:December 15th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! They've finally fixed Fillebrook Road! They used to think the part of Grove Green Road by Leytonstone Station was called Fillebrook Road (historically it was, yes, but that's when the road layout was very different) - annoyingly a search for "Fillebrook" Road returned this incorrect section of road, not the actual Fillebrook Road. It now looks like it has been fixed. All is ok in the world! :)
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Date:December 17th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Hey, I used to live on Fillebrook Road. Right by the bridge they built when they routed the A12 in that cutting right through the middle of town and under the bus station, totally destroyed the Green Man roundabout, etc.

The PO changed the postcodes and even street names and addresses sometime in 1997-98 round there; my place was one of those affected.
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Date:December 15th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
And North Road, just off Caledonian Road in the Holloway area, has finally become North Road not N Road. I was so disappointed when I realised there wasn't actually a street called N Road.

Also, clearly they test with Reading.
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Date:December 15th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
The previous tiles had Bromley at Z5. I think it is basically just random.
Date:December 15th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Major problem with google maps, the latest update to the android app causes a reset on my Advent Vega (and other android devices apparently) a few seconds after starting up !!!!
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