Open data to provide up-to-date travel information on trams

Transport for London has made live service information available to tram passengers at the touch of a button.

Tram genericTram passengers can access up-to-the-minute information about when their service will arrive and its destination along with the status of the service, both through TfL’s website and on Electronic Service Update Boards across other parts of the TfL transport network.

The data, which is also being made available free to app developers at http://tfl.gov.uk/developers, aims to help Londoners and visitors get around.

Around 8,200 developers are now registered for TfL’s Unified API open data. As smartphone usage for travel information continues to increase, almost 500 apps are now being directly powered through this data – providing Londoners with a wide range of useful up-to-the-minute information about public transport and the road network.

The availability of live travel data follows recent improvements to the Tram service, including increasing services by 50 per cent between Wimbledon and Croydon after work to build an additional train platform at Wimbledon was completed last year. Four additional trams have also been introduced.

More frequent and faster journeys for customers have also been delivered between Mitcham Junction and Beddington Lane by adding new track to allow trams to travel in both directions simultaneously.

The Tramlink network has 17 miles of track, with 34 trams operating in the fleet and 39 stops. It links in with seven National Rail stations and more than 50 bus routes.

The tram network has experienced rapid growth in passenger numbers since it opened in 2000, from 18.5 million passengers in its first year of operation to more than 32 million in 2014-2015.


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