In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the amount of rail-related data that is openly available. Network Rail has made a range of data feeds available to the public domain, including static scheduling data, and real-time train positioning and movement data. The Rail Delivery Group has similarly released a range of static railway data sources, such as fares, routeing and timetable data via its website. It also provides real-time arrival and departure information, including schedule changes, service disruption, and cancellations.
Other organisations from across the wider transport sector, including Transport for London and the Connected Places Catapult, have helped to release datasets containing real time information such as vehicle movement patterns, or roadwork and disruption data. Even when not directly related to rail, these datasets can be integrated with rail data to support a rail passenger’s end-to-end journey.