Fares, routeing and timetable data
Train companies create various types of data associated with the provision of their rail services, including fares, timetable and routeing data.
They use this data to provide rail travel information to their customers in a variety of ways, including through approved websites, via mobile phone apps and at their stations through accredited retail systems. The Rail Delivery Group is authorised to make this data available under licence to third parties on behalf of the train companies, in order to promote rail travel and encourage the wider distribution of accurate and consistent rail travel information on an impartial basis.
In this section, you can find out about and request regular feeds of fares, timetable and routeing data, providing you accept the associated terms and conditions, which are designed to protect the integrity of the data and ensure that it is used accurately.
Please note that fares, timetable and routeing data is of a technical nature, and you will require a good level of computer skills in order to be able to process the data.
If you are interested in downloading data for use in proof of concept or development work, then you can access timetable data (not including real time train running information) which is updated on a weekly basis, and fares data that is updated three times a year, by going to the National Rail Data Portal where you can find details of how to do this and the associated terms and conditions.
RDG data licence
If you want to receive regular feeds of data (fares, timetable and/or routeing) then you are required to sign a RDG data licence, which sets out the conditions you must comply with, including, but not limited to using the data accurately, impartially and in a professional manner. In addition, you will also be required to comply with any subsequent instructions, procedures or standards issued by RDG relating to the use of the data.
A template of the licence can be found at: RDG data licence template
You may choose to source RDG data directly from us or you can source it from an approved supplier, in which case you will have to discuss that with an approved supplier. In either case, you are required to sign a RDG data licence.
Please note that currently, we supply the data via SFTP (push or pull) over the internet to third parties.
Applying for a RDG data licence
To get the ball rolling, please complete the online application form at https://dtdportal.atocrsp.org/register.jsf.
If you want to use the data to retail rail products, then you will be required to apply for a retail licence (subject to status), as separate terms and conditions apply to the retailing of rail products. Please visit the Retail Agents Online website for further details.