My long-promised response to the consultation on real-time transport information. Download a PDF. The Office of Rail Regulation’s consultation on Real Time Train Information runs until February 28th so you still have time to get a response in. If you feel that TISL / National Rail Enquiries / ATOC can’t be trusted to steward what […]
I last wrote about open rail data in December after the ORR’s excellent transparency conference. Many organisations in the rail industry spoke about their desire for better sharing of travel information. They’re great folks and it was mostly a positive affair. But the bogeyman of the event was ATOC – the Association of Train Operating […]
On Monday I attended a transparency conference run by the Office of Rail Regulation. Two years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed I’d end up writing that. When National Rail Enquiries shut down their Departure Boards API I sensed an industry closed to change, with valuable data in the hands of a clique who saw information […]
Since my last piece on the saga of National Rail Enquiries shutting off public access to their data feed the problem has gained coverage in the Guardian and elsewhere in the press. On Thursday I went on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme to bring more attention to NRE’s attempts to make money out of […]
Remember last month (1, 2, 3) where National Rail Enquiries ordered me to shut down my free train times web app and locked down their data feed so only people whom they grant a license key can query it? A month later they still hadn’t gotten back about my license application – even though I’m […]
A lot of people are interested in the alleged “openness” of the Live Departure Boards data discussed in the earlier posts. Right now we have no way to know how many license applications are being submitted and what kind of reception they’re meeting, and indeed whether any licenses are being granted at all. Thus I’ve […]
On Sunday I wrote this post about how National Rail ordered me to shutdown my free train times application and intend to charge users of their UK “Live Departure Boards” data feed. Responses from readers were positive and I’ve been put in touch with a few groups who’re equally appalled. In the last couple of […]
About a year ago I wrote a simple web application to present UK train times in a simple format for mobile phone users.
…and today National Rail killed it.