DfT Bus Open Data

Will TfL been providing data to the DfT’s Bus Open Data project?



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Hi Simon,

Although TfL is exempt from DfT’s ‘The Public Service Vehicles (Open Data) (England) Regulations 2020’, that enforces bus operators to share bus real time location (and others), we are committed and are planning to release this data somewhere next year.

We will post on the Forum/Blog when we have more concrete information about releasing this dataset!

In the meantime, please have a look at our other Bus-related datasets available on our Open Data page:

Kind regards,


Just for the info, if you want live bus information then the best place to get it from is the HTTP Digest interface at http://countdown.api.tfl.gov.uk/interfaces/ura/stream_V1

This is a bit odd in that it returns data in a CSV format, but it does push the data to the user.

The digest can be used with curl and so you get an event-based stream of data via “on_curl_write”.

I’ve used it for several projects now and it is very reliable.

Welcome @JakubGasiorowski

There is - for @SJCooper a downloadedable CSV file of all bus services here - https://data.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/syndication/feeds/bus-sequences.csv? app_id=eeeeeeee&app_key=111111111111111111111111

Jakub / Brian,

Thanks for the replies. We’re looking forward to seeing what comes of TfL releasing data to the DfT feed. The use of block numbers in the DfT is data we’re often asked for which currently isn’t in the TfL feeds.

As background, I’ve been consuming the TfL Countdown feed for just over eight years now, originally translating the feed into enthusiast friendly Excel information and now as a minor part of the admin team behind lvf.io .

Have a good weekend,


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If I could be allowed an idiot question, what are the “block numbers”?

Running numbers… :wink: