Google’s photographic Street View coverage of the city of Stoke-on-Trent is now live. Looks like they picked a nice day for it…

Stoke-on-Trent train station, looking toward the University.

Stoke-on-Trent train station.

This is going to smooth the way to a billion appointments over the years — satnavs and map-books can only do so much — and must be set to add ¬£billions to the UK economy in efficiency savings over the years. Good for Google, for just ‘going ahead and doing it’ without asking permission. If it had been down the government to do even a pilot for Street View, we’d all still be gazing wistfully at the dust gathering on top of the consultants’ “masterplan”, and the taxpayer would be paying expensive lawyers to umm and ah over EU rules.