Via a chain of tweets I find that there is now real-time data for UK rail
There's a June 28, 2012 press release from National Rail.
Opening up: Network Rail's Transparency Programme
Software developers can download information about real time train running data feeds here: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/data-feeds/ This service is available on a pre-registration basis until 20.00 on Thursday 28th June, and the full service will be available thereafter.
The data feeds available will be:
- Train Movements - train positioning and movement event data, including incident and delay messages
- TD - train positioning data, at signal berth level
- TSR (Temporary Speed Restrictions) – details of temporary reductions in line speeds across the rail network
- VSTP (Very Short Term Plan) – schedule records created via this process (and thus not available via CIF)
- RTPPM (Real Time Public Performance Measure) - this shows the performance of trains against the timetable, measured as the percentage of trains arriving at destination on time
- SCHEDULE – extract of train schedules from the Integrated Train Planning System
The data feeds site says
live access to feeds will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and will be restricted to a maximum of 500 users, although we may increase this if there is sufficient demand.
The data from National Rail are one piece of the puzzle of the promised UK real-time bus and train data I discussed in my April 2012 post UK national real-time train and bus open data.