TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data
TOCs will soon publish more real-time data to allow technology firms to improve travel apps so that passengers can receive more efficient and up-to-date information in the future, the government has announced.
The government and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) published their ‘Joint rail data action plan’ outlining the partnership’s aim for closer working between rail and tech firms to bring about more efficient information about services, delays and cancellations, as well as on-board facilities like toilets and refreshments.
Data will be made available on individual carriages on each train, allowing operators to accurately communicate on-board facilities.
Building on the information that the industry has already made available, data will be released over the coming months allowing tech teams to provide more consistent information about train services, delays and disruption. It will also allow operators to predict and fix issues before they arise. TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data