OTN-UK Stands to Benefit from Changes in UK Legislation

Transport has long been recognised as an important engine for economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. A similar recognition has recently been extended to transport data.
Efforts by governments and non-governmental groups to improve transport data have led to some laudable results in terms of openness and accessibility, but a lot of work still needs to be done to liberate it from organisational silos and make it available to the public in high-quality, machine-readable open format.
So when in February 2016 England’s bus minister, Andrew Jones, said that open data will be one of the “defining features” [1] of UK government’s Buses Bill the whole OTN consortium and especially its UK partners saw it as a triumph for open data revolution that the project tries to promote in transport. 
When the Bill becomes law next year it will extend the availability of open data on fares, times and routes already obtainable in London to the rest of England. 
By making such information accessible operators will pave the way for programmers to develop new app-based services for passengers who in turn will be able to better plan and enjoy their journeys.
“Good bus services can help communities thrive and grow and we want to make journeys better so everyone has the choice to leave their car at home,” said Jones at the annual UK Bus Summit in London on 11 February [2]. OTN completely agrees with this statement and hopes that Buses Bill will set a contagious example for other governments in Europe to follow.
[1] Buses magazine (2016) April Issue http://www.busesmag.com/view_issue.asp
[2] ibid.
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016