Timetables of major government operated (or commissioned) national-level public transport services (specifically bus and train). The focus here is on national level services (not those which operate only at a municipal or city level and which are not controlled or regulated by the national government). A 'yes' in any question will refer to both types of transport. However, if there is no national level service operated or regulated by the government for a given type of transport (for instance busses), then this type is ignored in this data category. Data submitted in this category should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Time of operating
  • Time of leaving first station and arriving to the last station
  • Updated at least once a year

Data Location



Generally public transport in the UK is run by private companies, with some government or municipality regulation. Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) national passenger rail timetable information is available on https://data.atoc.org/rail-industry-data and updated weekly; registration is required but free, and once registered the data can be downloaded in bulk under CC-BY UK ported (checked 20 Oct 2013). Fares data is available from the same source under the same licence. Daily schedules of all trains and real-time running information (down to individual signalling events) is available on https://datafeeds.networkrail.co.uk under a licence based on UK OGL v1.

Public transport timetables for bus, light rail, tram and ferry services in Great Britain (but not national rail or coach services) is at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/traveline-national-dataset; this dataset is updated weekly, can be downloaded in bulk and is licensed under the UK OGL v2. An open data source for (privately operated) national coach services or for rail and bus services in the devolved province of Northern Ireland is not known. Data is provided by Translink NI Railways: https://www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways/Routes--Timetables/All-Timetables/

It cannot be downloaded in bulk and is not provided in a machine readable format (only PDF). There was posted a freedom to information request on the What-do-they-know portal: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/availability_of_timetable_statio but it was not successful (data could not be released). Also a general problem is that both data providers are private entities and not an official government related source.

There is a community working on the open rail data and helping to make it easier to use with documentation: https://nrodwiki.rockshore.net/ List of Open Data Releases: https://nrodwiki.rockshore.net/index.php/OpenDataReleases

Data Availability

  • Y Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • Y Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Unknown
Reviewer   Peter Hicks
Submitters   Peter Hicks
Last modified   Sun Dec 14 2014 20:09:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)