UK Rail Minister, Jo Johnson and Rail, and the Delivery Group Chief Executive, Paul Plummer, announced plans which will help tech companies to develop intelligent travel apps in for the future.
The government and the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the rail industry, have published the ‘Joint rail data action plan’ which sets out the obligations and deadlines for delivering on these ambitions, overseen by an industry-led taskforce.
The aim is for closer collaboration between rail and tech firms to bring about more seamless, hassle-free journeys, and better information for passengers on services and delays, as well as seats and on-board facilities, like toilets and refreshments. Better use of data could also allow rail companies to plan more effectively and to predict and fix issues before they arise, creating a more reliable railway.
“This will speed the development of travel apps that provide passengers with helpful information about their journeys,” Transport Minister Jo Johnson said.
Building on data that the industry has already made available, data will be released over the coming months to provide more consistent and timely information about train services, delays and disruption. Information will also be made available on the carriages that make up each train, enabling operators to more accurately communicate on board facilities, and to help passengers plan ahead and board in the most convenient place.