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You've come to the right place if you're looking for information on Open Data available from the rail industry.

If you're looking for help, advice or just want to talk about rail data, join the Open Rail Data group on Google Groups. If you're looking to get involved, check out the projects page.

Data already open

Network Rail

Railway Safety and Standards Board

  • RGS Online, providing access to current and withdrawn Railway Group Standards (the 'Rule Book'), Rail Industry Approved Codes of Practice (RACOPs), guidance notes and and Rail Industry Standards.

Office of Rail Regulation

  • National Rail Trends, including Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs), volume of freight movement, historical Public Performance Measure data, passenger train revenue and temporary speed restrictions.


Transport for London

  • TfL Developer Area, where you can sign up for access to numerous feeds, including live traffic camera images, real-time bus arrivals, Tube departure boards, station locations, a journey planner and tube disruption data.

High Speed Two Ltd

  • details the route of the planned HS2 line. It is ESRI shapefile format. Licenced under Open Government Licence (OGL)

British Transport Police

  • has crime stats for stations and trains in Jan to August 2012

OpenStreetMap contains most (need confirmation of this) of the UK rail network. Stations appear to be flagged with naptan:AtcoCode and/or CSR Ref and have train routes associated with them. The Osmosis application could be used to pull nodes and ways from an OSM planet dump/extract.

Useful links for non-UK data

Some of this data is fully open, other data is available for casual use but without clear licensing conditions.

  • SNCF Open Data is the open data project from French national operator, SNCF. The data itself is in beta (e.g. only covering some regions), with full open datasets anticipated soon.
  • Zugmonitor API gives access to the data used for the Zugmonitor project. The API is only for non-commercial use, with full open data a question for Deutsche Bahn.
  • Irail is a Belgian non-profit initiative with the aim of opening up transportation data.