New platform to open up industry data to tech firms

The Government is investing £5 million in a Rail Data Marketplace (RDM) platform that will enable developers and technology companies to access industry data which will aid development of new services and apps for passengers.

It means data on seat availability and on facilities such as lifts and escalators, as well as details of disruptions, will be available in one place to help companies create useful products for passengers.

The move is an important milestone in delivering on the commitment made in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail to provide better information for passengers on crowding, accessibility and punctuality.

A collaboration between Government and the rail industry, the new platform will provide the tools and frameworks required to open rail data up to third parties (something they have been calling for frequently over the years) through a single-access platform.

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