All posts by Stephen Irvine

Stephen is a TfL Community Manager and editor of the Digital Blog and Experience London blogs.

DevelopersInformationNews

The TfL Tech Forum is Live

We’re delighted to announce that the TfL Tech Forum is now live, and is ready for you to use right away. With more than 11,000 developers working with our open data to develop innovative products, the TfL Tech Forum will be a lively space where developers can connect with experts from the TfL Online team, providing a platform for discussion around all aspects of our open data and Unified API. With over 600 travel apps powered by TfL, it’s great to see new product features being developed, and a key area of focus is accessibility (see this previous blog) – we encourage you to develop new features for your product using our data.    

The TfL Tech Forum is now live and ready to use. Connect with our technical team and other developers to discuss all aspects of our open data and Unified API

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InformationNews

Tube Strike – Tools to Help You Plan Your Journey

Tube station staff who are union members are striking for 24 hours from 18:00 on Sunday 8 January. Services are severely reduced and customers should aim to complete their Tube journeys by 18:00 on Monday. 

  • The strike is by station staff, which means many Tube stations may not open at all, particularly in Zone 1
  • This will mean severely reduced services, and a later 07:00 start to services on Monday
  • We will run the best service possible depending on how many employees are available
  • We expect normal services to resume by the morning of Tuesday 10 January

We have a variety of digital tools available to help you get around during the disruption.

Using our Status updates tool, you can check on the status of all modes of transport. Here you can see the Traffic status with detailed info

Using our Status updates tool, you can check on the status of all modes of transport. Here you can see the Stations status, with detailed info on all stations experiencing disruptions

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InformationNews

Proposed Tube Strike – Tools to Help You Plan Your Journey

**Planned industrial action by drivers on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Piccadilly lines this week has now been suspended**

Some drivers on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Piccadilly lines who are RMT union members are planning to strike from the evening of Tuesday 6 December. We will run as many services as possible depending on how many employees are available. However, we advise customers to plan for no Piccadilly line service and a significantly reduced service on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines until the end of the day on Wednesday 7 December. Customers are advised to complete their journeys on these lines by 19:00 on Tuesday 6 December.

Interchange stations and lines will be much busier than usual. Services on other Tube and rail lines, the bus network and river will run as normal but are expected to be busy as passengers seek alternative routes. Roads in west, central and east London will also be busier than usual. 

We have a variety of digital tools available to help you get around during the disruption.

Traffic Status Updates

Using our Status updates tool, you can check on the status of all modes of transport. Here you can see the Traffic status with detailed info

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InformationNews

Wifi Data Trial – Understanding London Underground Customer Journeys

TfL is conducting a four week trial, collecting depersonalised (pseudonimised) WiFi connection data in order to better understand how London Underground passengers move through stations and interchange between lines. The data will be collected at 54 Tube stations within Zones 1-4, and if the trial is successful the intention is that the data could be used to improve services, provide better travel information and help prioritise investment across the Tube network. 

TfL is conducting a short trial, collecting WiFi data from 54 London Underground stations for four weeks

TfL is conducting a short trial, collecting WiFi data from 54 London Underground stations for four weeks. Details are on posters in stations.

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DevelopersNewsTech Partnerships

Data in Motion Hack Week – Event Review

Last week we ran our Data in Motion Hack Week with AWS and Geovation, as we aimed to find solutions to some of London’s key transport challenges through the innovation and creativity of developers working with our open data. Those taking part in the Hack Week were asked to come up with solutions to help tackle some specific challenges that we face in the capital today, and we were delighted to see the incredible standard of entries at the end of the week. 

Winners WS02 with AWS, Geovation and TfL

The winning team WS02 came up with a ‘Live Journey Planner’ solution, and are seen here with members of the judging panel from AWS, Geovation and TfL.

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DevelopersInformationNews

Tower Bridge Closure – Data Set Released

The City of London Corporation are planning essential major maintenance works to Tower Bridge. The work will require a full closure of the bridge to all vehicle and cyclist traffic for three months. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Saturday 1 October to Friday 30 December 2016.

As part of our open data policy, we’re releasing a full data set of the closure to allow developers to easily incorporate this data into their apps, helping Londoners to plan their journeys while the works are ongoing.

Tower Bridge Road Closures Map

The City of London will be carrying out essential maintenance on Tower Bridge. Full details of the closure are in our data set.

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ExperienceNews

Our Lives in Data – Science Museum Late Review

As mentioned previously on this blog, we were delighted to be involved in the ‘Late’ at the Science Museum on Wednesday August 31 as part of the ‘Our Lives in Data’ exhibition. It was great to see hundreds of people coming along to enjoy the TfL display, as we demonstrated some of the practical benefits of using our data resources to improve our customers’ experiences.  

Science Museum Lates

The TfL display at the Science Museum Late showcased some innovative uses of our data and demonstrated how this can benefit our customers.

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DevelopersInformationNews

TfL Open Data: Powering the Tube Heartbeat

Our open data policy has been a key priority over the last few years, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of the open data revolution, supplying our data to over 8,500 developers who are creating important products to help keep London moving. Visualisation of our data can be particularly impressive, and there’s a great example of this with the “Tube Heartbeat.”

Tube Heartbeat image

The Tube Heartbeat visualises the volume of passengers using the Tube. It also goes right down to the platform level, the number of entrances and exits, and even the number of people aboard each tube train.

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ExperienceNews

Science Museum Lates: Our Lives in Data

Transport for London are delighted to be taking part in this month’s Science Museum Late on Wednesday 31 August. The theme of the evening is ‘Our Lives in Data’ and we’ll be offering a glimpse into the world of our data.

Our Lives in Data

Gallery view of Our Lives in Data – an exhibition exploring how big data is uncovering some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used. This is also the theme of the ‘Late’ on August 31. Pic credit: Science Museum, London

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DevelopersNews

TfL Host Visitors From Syracuse University, New York

We were delighted to welcome 35 students and their professors from Syracuse University in New York this week, as members of the TfL Online team presented our ‘digital journey,’ outlining the ways we continue to keep London moving through our use of technology and open data.  

TfL presentation

Technical Architect Tom Garratt talks the students and professors from Syracuse University through TfL’s open data story

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