Over 2,000 developers sign up for TfL Unified API

Transport for London is also trialling a data feed of road closures during the London Marathon

More than 2,000 developers have signed up for Transport for London's (TfL) open data API over the last six months, boosting TfL's wider effort to make its information more widely available to developers.

The data is free to download, meaning that developers can now more quickly create and deliver to the public  innovative products and services. A total of 8,200 developers are now registered for the Unified API, with 500 apps directly powered by the data provided.

Phil Young, head of online at TfL, said: "Across London, millions of people every day use apps powered by our open data to check the Tube, find a bus or see how the roads are running. This same data powers our website, allowing customers to choose between using tfl.gov.uk or simply downloading any apps which are directly powered by us. We are committed to making our information freely available to help stimulate new products and services so that people have better information in the form that best suits them."

TfL also has plans to trial a bespoke data feed covering planned road closures during the London Marathon using industry standard format for traffic event planning, DATEXII.

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"London's traffic signal system is one of the most sophisticated in the world, analysing enough data to fill three DVDs every day," added Alan Bristow, director of road space management and chair of the Surface Transport Data and Technology Steering Group at TfL.

"We're keen to see how this data could be used more widely to help predict issues on the network to help identify hot spots more quickly and this 'Hack Day' was the latest step towards developing new and exciting applications to help keep London moving."

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