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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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Data Themes #1: Cycling in the City

We recently made available the route data for all our current Cycle Superhighways and the new Quietway 1 so developers can accurately map the existing cycle network in their apps, making it easier for cyclists to find and use these routes. The data will be regularly updated as more Cycle Superhighways and Quietways are completed in the coming years.

The promotion of these cycling routes is part of the delivery of the Mayor’s new blueprint for a healthy London, which will see increasing physical activity put at the centre of a wide range of GLA and TfL policy, setting out how it could transform the lives of millions of Londoners.  The new route data complements the extensive data we already provide on cycling in our API and as downloadable files. Here’s an overview of what’s available.

A Santander Cycles docking station: The promotion of cycling routes is part of the delivery of the Mayor’s new blueprint for a healthy London.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Women in Tech

A quick look around any room of developers will suggest that women in tech are woefully underrepresented. In fact, this 50-odd percent of the population only take up around 16 percent of tech jobs, seemingly for historical, cultural and practical reasons.

That situation is reflected at TfL, although we have some strong initiatives that are designed to reduce this effect. Another way of balancing the imbalance is by strengthening the community we already have, so I was delighted to take small part in an afternoon as part of a week of activities, talks and events for International Women’s Day, which was organised by TfL’s internal Women’s Network and Siemens.

Charul Gupta, TfL Online’s Digital Product Manager, discusses the importance of gender diversity at the Women in Tech event.

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Accelerate Your Idea With Nitrous London

We are delighted that Nitrous London is shaping an accelerator programme this spring, focusing on some key transport challenges.  Nitrous London work closely with fast growing startups bringing them to focus on a wide range of challenges in different industries from finance, transport to technology.

Nitrous London is looking for later stage start ups who currently or in the future can contribute to maximising capacity on the public transport network and/or across London’s roads. Ideally, the start-up would be open to using TfL’s data available at api.tfl.gov.uk

The programme supports sector agnostic companies to validate their proposition within TfL and the wider mobility market, including access to senior decision makers from industry. This will help establish product/market fit and pave the way for future collaborations.

I thought this might interest some of you and if it sounds like it’s worth exploring, please visit  http://www.nitrous.london/programmes/#/mobility/ or contact Nitrous London at team@Nitrous.London for more information.

Applications should be received by Friday 24 March to be considered.

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TfL Journey Planner Updates – 28 February

Welcome to the latest instalment from the Journey Planner team, designed to keep you up to date with new timetables, stops and points of interest which have been added to the system and timetable data sources over the past week. The Unified API is updated with new Journey Planner data up to five times a week.

Route 215 will serve Lee Valley Camp Site from Saturday 4 March, but the planned diversion of Route W11 from the same date is postponed.

Route 215 will serve Lee Valley Camp Site from Saturday 4 March, but the planned diversion of Route W11 from the same date is postponed.

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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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Unified API: Taxi Ranks Added to Places

Taxis are an important, trusted and iconic part of London’s transport system, and they also offer a vital service for disabled people. There are currently around 640 taxi ranks in the capital, serving key locations and one in five of all taxi journeys start at a rank. We have released the location of all London taxi ranks in our Unified API, allowing open data users to enhance or develop new apps and products for customers planning taxi journeys.

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Taxi rank data for ranks closest to stations, such as this one outside Waterloo, is now available to app developers through our Unified API

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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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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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New Dataset – Bus Stop Localities

London has continuously grown over the centuries, with conurbations and smaller dwellings overlapping and joining together to form the greater London area that we know today. This means that the ways in which areas of London are defined can often be inconsistent or confusing to those not familiar with the city, and we aim to enrich our bus stop location data to offer a wider geographical context and to help people understand London’s localities at a glance.

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(Left) Borough, Postcodes, Stations, Wards. (Right) An example of perception of local areas

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