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Data feeds

We now have a number of operational data feeds available to developers. We hope that by providing access to these feeds we will encourage the development of apps and websites that are of interest to passengers and the industry.

For examples of websites that use our feeds see our case studies page.

The data feeds available are:

  • SCHEDULE - daily extracts and updates of train schedules from the Integrated Train Planning System, in CIF and JSON formats.
  • MOVEMENT - train positioning and movement event data.
  • TD - train positioning data at signalling berth level.
  • TSR (temporary speed restrictions) – details of temporary reductions in permissible speed across the rail network.
  • VSTP (very short term plan) – train schedules created via the VSTP process which are not available via the SCHEDULE feed.
  • RTPPM (real-time Public Performance Measure) - performance of trains against the timetable, measured as the percentage of trains arriving at their destination on-time.
  • SMART - train describer berth offset data used for train reporting.
  • Corpus - location reference data.
  • BPLAN - train planning data, including locations and sectional running times.

To register your interest in getting access to the data feeds you will need to create an account with us. Anyone can apply; access to live feeds will be provided on a first come, first served basis and will be restricted to 500 users, although we may increase this if there is sufficient demand.

Access is provided under our terms and conditions. These may be amended from time to time.

For technical information about the formatting of the feeds and how they work see the Open Rail Data Wiki.

The data feeds are provided by and belong to Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. You may not use our brand or logo or those of any of our partners including National Rail and the train companies. Also we do not allow any application or website using our data feeds to be called “official” as this would mislead the public.

We actively monitor the data service and will notify users if we detect any problems, however we make no guarantees of availability or total uptime of the data feeds.

Data feeds site 


Last updated 19 June 2014