Transport ‘hotspot’ data released to developers to help travelling public ‘Get Ahead of the Games’
The free-to-use information about the Tube, London Overground and DLR is now available in the Developer Area on the TfL website.
Preparation is everything
The website will provide times when stations will be busier than usual for the duration of the biggest sporting event in the world. It will also map the locations of the “hotspot” areas.
“We expect around an additional three million journeys on the capital’s transport network at Games-time, which is why it is vital that people are able to plan ahead and avoid transport ‘hotspots’,” said Mark Evers, Director of Games Transport at TfL.
“TfL’s open data policy means that our regular live travel information feeds are already available online, leading to the development of some fantastic apps to help Londoners move around.” This huge number of existing travel apps on Android and iOS digital markets has inspired the decision to offer not just factual, but even predicted data.
Other information provided in the Developers Area includes Barclays Cycle Hire availability, London Underground passenger counts and live traffic camera images. All of it can be accessed free of charge.
Around £6.5 billion has already been invested in upgrading and extending transport links to increase capacity and improve services across London and the UK. Yet there are fears that even after this much investment, London will be unprepared for the Olympics.