Transport for London has reformed how it makes information and data feeds available to web developers opening up the prospect of a range of new websites and mobile phone applications offering information to passengers.
Historically TfL required anyone using their data for commercial gain to seek their approval, however under new rules this condition is to be removed although developers will need to agree to conditions on the use of any data and related TfL logos and trademarks.
Information available includes planned Tube maintenance, River Thames pier locations and Oyster Ticket Stop locations. More datasets will become available in the near future.
Chris MacLeod, Transport for London Director of Group Marketing, said: “We want to harness the innovative ideas in the developer community to provide improved information which will benefit all transport users. Therefore it is vital that Transport for London provides transparent information to the public and allows developers to use data to create smart-technology solutions.”
TfL’s announcement was welcomed by LibDem London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon who said lifting restrictions would “unleash the huge talent and imagination that exists amongst London’s huge number of web developers.”
“This decision will now allow innovation and exciting developments to take place in the provision of travel information. Releasing data really does help to release people.”