Sixteenth Report Contents

Instruments of interest

Draft Public Service Vehicles (Open Data) (England) Regulations 2020

44.The latest Bus Passenger Survey indicates that the lack of journey planning information is a significant barrier to travel outside London. The Department for Transport (DfT) notes that 51% of all bus journeys take place in London, where information has been readily available through a variety of media since 2007. Elsewhere information is fragmented and less than half of the 87 local authorities across England provide real time information to the NextBus system. There is currently no national dataset for fares information. These Regulations therefore require operators and local transport authorities in England to provide consistent and accurate data on bus timetables, fares, stopping places, location data and punctuality. When the Regulations come into force, the Transport Secretary will be the custodian of a digital service which will be publicly available free of charge. This data will be used by app developers: although DfT will encourage them to make their apps free to users that will not be a legal requirement. Further information is provided in Appendix 1 of this Report. Real time data about delays to individual buses will not be available in the first phase; see DfT’s response to Question 4 at Appendix 1.

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