Transport for London lifts commercial data restrictions

Transport for London has today announced that it’s lifting restrictions on the commercial use of its data, meaning software developers have free reign for a wave of new applications.

As marketing man Chris MacLeod of TFL says in a statement, the majority of smartphone apps built on public data are focused particularly for the reuse of public transport data. TFL reckons it’s important that it can encourage the developer community to do its work for it and build software that helps out the average commuter.

Mike Butcher, editor at TechCrunch Europe and firm supporter of TechHub London reckons it’s great for startups and developers alike: “It’s moves like this on behalf of the mayor’s office that are helping to make London a showcase for how private sector technology startups and developers can start to leverage data tocreate products which benefit both the wider community and create jobs.”

Data sets for TFL can be found on its developer page here while feeds of tube travel, departure boards and line status can be accessed on the London Datastore here.

While BoJo banned drinking on the tube – one of our all-time favourite activities – and couldn’t make good on his promise to let smokers enjoy a fag indoors again, this one’s got a thumbs up from TechEye and we eagerly await downloading a billion tube apps to our fancy phones.

The official statement from TFL is here

We tried to reach Jackie Chan, star of London tube drama Rush Hour, for comment but he was unavailable.