This is the first in a series of posts covering new or existing functionalities of Journey Planner, with the intention being that users (including developers subscribing to the API) can get the best from the system. In this post I’ll be looking at Points of Interest (POIs) and how we aim to make this information as comprehensive as possible, as well as asking for your suggestions for any new POIs you feel should be added to the system.
We believe that the Journey Planner should not just be accurate, but tailored to the needs of people who use it. To support this we actively manage a detailed database of Points of Interest within Journey Planner, covering places people are likely to travel by public transport, or cycle to. This is a combination of a bulk upload, and points we have added ourselves.
Currently, we are undertaking a major project to enhance the quality and range of Points of Interest within the system. This involves not only researching new attractions advertised in complementary publications such as Time Out, but also ensuring that the points are up to date. Currently, we are updating information about shows and theatres in London, so you can enter the name of a popular show and be routed straight to it, without worrying about the theatre name.
However, equally important has been the recent audit of all hospitals and health centres on the system, removing expired facilities and adding new ones, reflecting the range of journey purposes users of the system have. We are constantly looking to increase the geographical spread and types of points added, with an ongoing review of schools information in place. Markets is the next category to be looked at.
With a city the size of London, we believe the knowledge that people have of their local area is essential in developing the service further. Please let us know if you would like new facilities in your area added to the system by emailing [email protected]. We need a full address and postcode (if possible) as well as the full official name of the location. Please note that we would not generally add small local shops, such as takeaways, which people would tend to walk to.