NCT Launches Open Data Platform

1 year ago Thu 2nd May 2019

NCT Control Room

Multi-award winning Nottingham City Transport is embracing forthcoming changes to the industry, by launching a new open data portal on its website, where visitors can download the source data used in their digital services.

Following the passing of the Bus Services Act 2017, the Government is introducing regulations requiring bus operators or local authorities to publish information on timetables, routes, fares, tickets, vehicle location information and stops from early 2020.

With the details of those arrangements now being finalised, NCT’s Open Data portal can now be accessed at and includes data used to power NCT’s popular app and website.

'Open data' is data that has been made available to the public, for personal, educational or commercial use. Open data has been shown to stimulate innovation and economic growth, leading to a better experience for customers as well as attracting new ones, by facilitating innovation and making exciting new ideas a reality.

Mark Fowles, Managing Director at Nottingham City Transport and Traveline Chairman comments: “Many bus companies in the industry are still unaware of the full implications of the Bus Services Act. By publishing accurate data openly on our website, as well as into the national open datasets, I hope this step will act as a call to arms for industry colleagues and continue to underline the importance of open data.”

The data on the portal is updated automatically when NCT update their digital services, for example when changes are made to timetables or the network.

Downloads are currently available as either .CSV or .XML files. The data available includes all published TransXChange and General Transit Feed Specification files containing data about the NCT network and timetables, mobile ticket products and the OpenStreetMap location slice used to power our destination search.

A link to the bus stop location data NCT uses, part of a national open data set called NaPTAN (National public transport access node), and the Bus Stop Checker tool used to identify errors where stops have moved or have been inaccurately documented, is also provided.

Our new open data portal has been delivered in collaboration with our digital services partner Passenger, the team behind our customer facing digital services.

Tom Quay, CEO of Passenger said: “We’re delighted to be launching this Open Data portal with Nottingham City Transport. Open Data has been shown to have a huge impact on innovation and we’re hoping this new service makes it easier than ever to access accurate, local transport data. As well as innovative new ideas, this data can also be used for research, education and personal interest. Nottingham City Transport have always been ahead of the curve and it’s great they want to make this data available in this way.”