The rail industry uses a system called BPLAN (a successor to a system called APLAN) to manage a master set of geography data used when planning trains. Network Rail create extracts of this geographical data as a PIF.
The following sets of data are included in the extracts:
|REF > ACC||Accommodation Class codes|
|REF > ACT||Activity codes|
|REF > BHX||Bank Holiday Excepted codes|
|REF > BRA||Brand codes|
|REF > BUS||Business Sector codes (no longer used)|
|REF > CAT||Catering codes|
|REF > OPC||Operating Characteristics|
|REF > PWR||Power Supply Type codes|
|REF > RES||Reservations codes|
|REF > SER||Service Codes (not released in the Open Data extract)|
|REF > SLE||Sleeper codes|
|REF > TCL||Train Class codes|
|REF > TCT||Train Category codes|
|REF > TOC||Train Operating Company codes (not ATOC codes)|
|REF > TRS||Train Status codes used in bid/offer files (not released as Open Data)|
|REF > TST||Publication Status codes|
|REF > ZNE||Data Areas|
More detailed documentation on the data structure is available.
The data is available for each principal and subsidiary timetable (twice a year).
- Service Code reference data (SER) is not currently published, as it contains data about freight operators
- Bid and offer files (sometimes called PEX files) between Network Rail and train operators are not published, as they may contain unworkable train bids or sensitive data
Links to current and historical data are contained on a separate page.
The data can also be requested via an API from the Network Rail API platform.