I’m Gerard, and I work on the data side of the new Journey Planner, contributing to its technical specification.
Complementing the award-winning user experience work being done on the new website, we are hard at work ensuring that the dataset which powers Journey Planner is constantly being improved to meet the ever-growing demands of website users and open data subscribers.
Although the Journey Planner has a radical new look in the new website, through an API, it uses the same “engine” used by the present website. With traffic to this engine at its highest ever level, data range and accuracy has never been more important.
We have recently updated the postcodes on Journey Planner to include new postcodes recently introduced by Royal Mail, and we are currently looking to add new Points of Interest for venues and locations around London that don’t already exist – please let us know if there are any you would like to be added.
Preparations are also well underway for Christmas and New Year special services, with more information coming available in the next few weeks. In particular, we will be updating timetables ‘live’ on New Year’s Eve to ensure that the journeys offered reflect road openings and closures. We are working closely with other parts of TfL – including our colleagues at the Centrecomm bus control centre and in the Bus Operations and Marketing teams – to deliver this.
As always, do feel free to get in touch via the feedback form on the beta site.