Transport for London (TfL) has updated its open data Application Program Interface (API) to allow developers to include details of the newly launched Night Tube service in travel apps.
Ahead of the 24-hour Tube service launching on the Central and Victoria line on Friday 19 August, TfL made the journey data available free of charge at http://tfl.gov.uk/developers.
The API now contains the planned journey timetables for Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday and Saturday nights, TfL explained. As other Tube lines start running Night Tube services, the API will be updated to include these services too.
Night Tube service information will also be available through the Journey Planner on the TfL website, which can be accessed via smartphones and other connected devices.
More than 8,500 developers have registered to access TfL’s free open data, helping to power more than 500 travel apps. As well as Tube data, it includes live travel information on buses, river bus services and Trams, accessibility and car park information for all TfL stations and live travel information on the status of roads.
TfL has also launched a trial of displaying live traffic information on the back of buses, giving drivers in the capital a new source of information to help avoid congestion and improve the reliability and efficiency of the city’s roads.
Buses between Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street have been fitted with electronic boards which use GPS technology to provide up-to-date traffic information.
The trial will extend to buses running between Tulse Hill and Liverpool Street in the autumn. If the trial proves successful, this innovation could be rolled out across London.