Month: March 2016

DevelopersNews

Traffic Data Hack Day – Register Now

**Registration for this event is now closed**

Introduction

TfL’s Urban Traffic Control System (UTC) uses 12,000 sensors located at junctions across the Capital to measure traffic flow. The data produced is used to drive SCOOT – the traffic light optimiser system – and on Wednesday 6 April we’re aiming to generate greater value from this as-yet untapped data source.

We want to configure a data processing engine for UTC data and begin exploring this large data set using the tools business users are familiar with, such as R Studio and Tableau, as well as event streams, map reduce type platforms and machine learning tools.

The event is part of our ongoing drive to work with the dev community to create great products from our open data, and offers an opportunity to learn and experiment with cloud tools in a safe, sandbox type environment. Experts from TfL’s Road Space Management team will be on hand to provide support.

Where and when

Venue: Amazon Development Centre, Leadenhall Court, One Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 1PP

6 April 2016 09:00 – 17:00

Lunch will be provided, so please let us know any dietary requirements.

To register

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 5th April – you can register for the event here: http://www.cvent.com/d/4fqcf4

Venue for the hack day

Amazon are hosting the Traffic Data Hack Day on April 6 at the Amazon Development Centre in Leadenhall Street, London

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TfL Journey Planner Updates – March 25

Welcome to the latest installment from the Journey Planner team, with this week’s summary of our data updates. These include all forthcoming bus service 1and stop changes for timetables which are available on Journey Planner, as well as in the Journey Planner API.

As ever, if there are any points of interest you’d like to see added to Journey Planner, just let us know. You’ll find the email address at the bottom of this post.

This is a brief summary of this week’s new data highlights:

Timetables

Buses

Closure of Victoria Dock Road means that Routes 147 and 241 are diverted to Prince Regent between Thursday 24 and Monday 28 March, with temporary route 541 introduced. Timetable data is available across all outputs.

New Route 633 starts from Monday 11 April: it will operate on schooldays only from Coulsdon South to Beddington Church in the morning, returning in the afternoon, and replaces existing school journeys on Route 463.

Route 62 is converted to full double deck operation from Saturday 30 April and will operate more frequently on Monday to Saturday evenings and during the day on Sunday.

London Underground

New base timetables are introduced on the Bakerloo, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines from the weekend of 1, 2 and 3 April and are now available.

River

All Spring and Summer timetables are now available on Journey Planner, the unified API and in TransXChange.

Tramlink

A new timetable is expected to start on Monday 4 April, and is now available on Journey Planner and the unified API. Due to changes in service pattern, they will feature on TransXChange next week.

Stops:

A small selection of coordinate and name changes have been made this week

Points of Interest

As ever, we welcome any suggestions for new Points of Interest or categories to getthepoint@tfl.gov.uk
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This is not news! TfL plan ahead

Is the TfL website really mobile friendly?

Once upon a time, back in 2012, the TfL website was visited by around 16 million users on a monthly basis and our customer satisfaction surveys would generally always show that our users were happy with the site.

It was also in 2012 that we decided to redesign our website. Many of my own friends would ask why we were doing that, since the website was really good the way it was. Yes, the website was doing its job, but it was time for us to change. But the question remains: Why?

As Phil Young, Head of TfL Online, stated in this post from June 2013, where he announced that TfL’s new website was coming soon,“you’ve told us our site needs to be great on all devices.”

With that in mind, we launched the beta version of our shiny new mobile-friendly website back in 2013.

Around two years later in February 2015, Google announced the following:

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

So, is the TfL website mobile friendly? As shown in the screen shot below, Google say it is, and you can test the TfL website and more pages at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

mobile-friendly

We were determined to make the TfL website great across all devices, and it passes Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test

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TfL Journey Planner Updates – March 18

Welcome to the latest installment from the Journey Planner team, with this week’s summary of our data updates. These include all forthcoming bus service 1and stop changes for timetables which are available on Journey Planner, as well as in the Journey Planner API.

As ever, if there are any points of interest you’d like to see added to Journey Planner, just let us know. You’ll find the email address at the bottom of this post.

This is a brief summary of this week’s new data highlights:

Timetables

Buses

From Saturday 19 March, there will be a large increase in bus frequency on Route EL1, and Route EL2 will be revised to operate between Dagenham Dock and Becontree Heath, instead of to/from Ilford – timetables are now available for these changes.

Timetables are not normally supplied by operators for one day events, however, as time allows, we add customised schedules which reflect diversion routes and stops served. This has been done for the North London Half Marathon on Sunday 20 March due to the substantial impact on residential areas. As these timetables do not last the whole day, and interact with our content management system, they are only available within Journey Planner on our website and through the unified API

Closure of Victoria Dock Road means that Routes 147 and 241 are diverted to Prince Regent between Thursday 24 and Monday 28 March, with temporary route 541 introduced. Timetable data is available across all outputs.

New Route 633 starts from Monday 11 April: it will operate on schooldays only from Coulsdon South to Beddington Church in the morning, returning in the afternoon, and replaces existing school journeys on Route 463.

Points of Interest

As ever, we welcome any suggestions for new Points of Interest or categories to getthepoint@tfl.gov.uk

London Underground

Engineering works timetables for trains and replacement buses are now in place for the next four weekends. Please follow the link below and select Planned Works

Calendar for a full list of forthcoming engineering works https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12392.aspx

DLR

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April, no service between Westferry / Poplar and Island Gardens, with a replacement bus service in operation – information is now available on Journey Planner.

River

New timetables for most services, other than Thames Clippers, are due to start on Monday 21 March and are available on the system.

Tramlink

Tramlink will be closed between Reeves Corner and Sandilands in both directions from Good Friday 25 March until Saturday 2 April. Revised timetables for tram services have now been added, there will be no replacement buses. A new timetable is scheduled to begin from Monday 4 April and is now available in Journey Planner and the Unified API.

London River services

London River services

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TfL Journey Planner Updates – March 11

Welcome to the latest installment from the Journey Planner team, with this week’s summary of our data updates. These include all forthcoming bus service 1and stop changes for timetables which are available on Journey Planner, as well as in the Journey Planner API.

As ever, if there are any points of interest you’d like to see added to Journey Planner, just let us know. You’ll find the email address at the bottom of this post.

This is a brief summary of this week’s new data highlights:

Timetables

From Saturday 19 March, there will be a large increase in bus frequency on Route EL1, and Route EL2 will be revised to operate between Dagenham Dock and Becontree Heath, instead of to/from Ilford – timetables are now available for these changes.

Timetables are not normally supplied by operators for one day events, however, as time allows, we add customised schedules which reflect diversion routes and stops served. This has been done for the North London Half Marathon on Sunday 20 March due to the substantial impact on residential areas. As these timetables do not last the whole day, and interact with our content management system, they are only available within Journey Planner on our website and through the API

Closure of Victoria Dock Road means that Routes 147 and 241 are diverted to Prince Regent between Thursday 24 and Monday 28 March, with temporary route 541 introduced. Timetable data is available across all outputs.

Stops

There are a small number of name changes, and a substantial number of new boarding points are being added for the Hail & Ride sections of Route R2 pending a timetable change next month.

Points of Interest

We are pleased to have added further housing developments in London onto Journey Planner.These will continue to be added as soon as developments start to be constructed, enabling users to plan visits to show houses, and to assess the feasibility for commutes and other journeys.

In addition, the London locations where Tag Rugby is played have now all been added.

Keep up to date with new timetables, stops and points of interest across various TfL modes of transport including DLR

Keep up to date with new timetables, stops and points of interest across various TfL modes of transport including DLR

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Run our API examples with Postman

On the development team we constantly test our own API, a task that can become very repetitive. As the Unified API is a REST API, this involves constructing, editing and sending URLs, then examining the JSON responses.

This is possible using just a browser, but can become very tedious and fiddly. There are tools available to help with this and we’ve found they give a massive boost to productivity for this kind of work.

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The TfL Unified API in Postman, searching for nearby cycle docking stations.

One tool we use is Postman which streamlines the basics of working with APIs, and adds powerful features for testing, repeatability, and automation. We use it to run tests against our endpoints, and to mock up then flesh out new data feeds.
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London Collision Map and Improved Cycle Journey Planning

As part of a wider road safety strategy, last week we launched the London Collision Map and London collision data on our website and in our API, as part of our ongoing commitment to providing open data. We’ve also made improvements to cycle journey planning.

The new cycle journey planning features include:

  • Google street view images at every turn of the route to help cyclists prepare a ‘mental map’ of their route and visualise junctions before they make their journey.
  • The location and details of cycle parking at London rail stations including information on the number of potential spaces, the type of cycle parking and whether it is covered.
  • ‘Cycle route classifications’ for each section of the journey describing the type of cycling environment that cyclists will encounter along their route (e.g. Cycle Superhighways or routes through parks) helping them to be more informed about the journey they will be making.
  • Identification of steep hills along the route.

The other new feature, the London Collision Map, allows searches for road collisions across London, providing information about when and where they occurred, as well as the severity of the incidents, dating back to 2005. It uses STATS-19 casualty dataset, collected annually by the Department for Transport, and shows a significant reduction in the number of collisions over time.

Through this data we’re able to inform people about junctions and roads that have high numbers of collisions, and where road users should be particularly careful. The 2014 figures show that this number fell to its lowest level since records began, in line with the Mayor’s target to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI’s) by 2020.

The London Collision Map, showing fatal and serious collisions in 2014, around the area of St. James's Park Underground station.

The London Collision Map, showing fatal and serious collisions in 2014, around the area of St. James’s Park Underground station.

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TfL Journey Planner Updates – March 4

Welcome to the latest installment from the Journey Planner team, with this week’s summary of our data updates. These include all forthcoming bus service and stop changes for timetables which are available on Journey Planner, as well as in the Journey Planner API.

As ever, if there are any points of interest you’d like to see added to Journey Planner, just let us know. You’ll find the email address at the bottom of this post.

This is a brief summary of this week’s new data highlights:

Timetables

This Saturday sees a number of minor timetable changes, and Route N97 changes operator to Tower Transit.

Further ahead, additional suggested Hail and Ride boarding points are introduced from Saturday 12 March and there are a small number of stop changes in Tottenham and New Addington. From Saturday 19 March, there will be a large increase in bus frequency on Route EL1.

Stops

Further redundant Hail & Ride boarding points have been removed from our systems, with a small number of coordinate and name changes and new stops introduced, all details inside.

Points of Interest

We are pleased to begin a new process of adding housing developments in London onto Journey Planner. These will gradually be added as soon as developments start to be constructed, enabling users to plan visits to show houses, and to assess the feasibility for commutes and other journeys.

In addition, the London locations where Tag Rugby is played are being added to the system in two phases. See the bottom of this post for all of this week’s new points of interest.

Our summary of Journey Planner data updates is designed to keep you up to date with new timetables, stops and points of interest

Our summary of Journey Planner data updates is designed to keep you up to date with new timetables, stops and points of interest

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London Marathon – Road Closures Data

The London Marathon is one of the most famous sporting events in the world, and thousands of participants will once again be taking up the challenge through central London on April 24. There will be significant road closures on and around the route of the Marathon and drivers are advised, where possible, to avoid driving in central and southeast London from early morning until evening.

There are typically full road closures, starting early in the morning between Greenwich Park and St James’s Park. Central and City closures will typically include all approaches to Upper Thames Street, Tower Hill and Victoria Embankment. Rotherhithe Tunnel, Tower, Southwark and Westminster bridges will also be closed. A phased reopening of roads usually takes place from around midday with all roads expected to be fully reopened by 19:00.

Some roads that are nearby the closures are also generally busier as a result of drivers seeking alternative routes, and we’re determined to help road users as much as we possibly can on the day of the event.

What have we done?

To allow third parties to understand the extent, scope and timing of these road closures, we’ve created a data set of all the road closures that will be in place for this year’s London Marathon. This has been created using an industry data exchange standard called DATEX II.

This is part of a pilot where we’ll be trialling a different approach to releasing data, with the intention of helping developers make great products for drivers.

The London Marathon

Our road closures data set for the London Marathon is part of a pilot to allow us to trial a different approach to releasing data. Picture via http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

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