Rail Data Marketplace

Monthly Summary 

At RDM we have hit some important targets this month which will be pivotal in the development of this programme. For instance, we have agreed a domain name to use for our individual webpage and have chosen ‘Raildata.org.uk’ after seeing the votes from the survey completed by our Newsletter subscribers. It was important for us at RDM to agree on a Domain name as it will be helpful in allowing our suppliers to work on their development environment and set up a Marketplace product.

We have also started to work closely with our preferred bidder for the platform.  The contract isn’t signed yet,  but mobilisation is well underway, and we are excited to be entering the delivery phase of the project. 

What is Rail Data Marketplace?

The Rail Data Marketplace will bring together fragmented sources of rail data into an easy-to-use digital service. The service will provide the tools and frameworks to simplify data sharing between data consumers and the rail industry, opening data up to innovators to develop new tools and services for the industry and its passengers.

The Rail Data Marketplace will deliver a new way of sharing data between consumers – including app developers, tech firms, academia – and the rail industry. New data sharing opportunities will drive innovation, leading to the development of innovative passenger-facing applications, operational efficiencies and improved transparency. 

By adopting an ‘open by default’ approach, the Rail Data Marketplace will remove barriers and make it easeir for partners to work with the railway industry. Better access to quality rail data is seen as a key driver of better customer service and innovation across the industry, and forms one of the key commitments of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

With funding announced in June 2021, the programme of work has begun and is being delivered by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), and oversight by the Rail Data Council. Representatives from across the sector – including the Department for Transport, Rail Supply Group, RSSB, and Network Rail – have been working in partnership to kickstart the development of the service.

The first iteration of the Rail Data Marketplace is timetabled formid-2022, following engagement with stakeholders, understanding of requirements and build of the platform. A public Beta version is planned for late summer 2022. A detailed timetable will be provided in due course.

Programme Objectives

The long-term goal of the Rail Data Marketplace Programme is to develop a user-centred, business-to-business digital service that:

  1. Provides access to data and real-time rail information, which stimulates innovation and enables the development of customer-focused products and services.
  2. Improves data sharing across operational bodies, which leads to efficiency gains across the industry.
  3. Improves access to high-quality rail data for public and private bodies which supports growth in rail and cross-modal public transport.
  4. Provides a learning platform where users can access a rich source of data about the rail industry.

In realising these objectives, the Rail Data Marketplace will:

  • Provide data that is transparent, and presents a ‘single source of truth’, meets a minimum standard of quality, and avoids a high barrier to entry for users.
  • Establish community forums for users to raise issues, make suggestions for improvements (to the Rail Data Marketplace and to data itself), and request new datasets.
  • Deliver enhancements, new features, services and datasets which responds to user needs.
  • Make it easy to explore existing data sources.
  • Help organisations to understand the contents of a data source, and provide technical documentation along with it.
  • Show users how to connect to data and how to test that connection.
  • Have clear terms of use for data sources and make signing up to them quick and easy.


The value RDM brings to you: Data publishers

"...we’re finding ways to better use data, following the £5 million funding commitment for the Rail Data Marketplace in the summer.

I believe, when it comes to data, an ‘open by default approach’ is best. Because only then can innovators and developers use rail data not only to deliver a more efficient network, but enhance the passenger experience too."

Chris Heaton-Harris MP (speech delivered on 07/12/21 at the seventh annual Rail Industry Forum)


If you would like us to give an update on the Rail Data Marketplace at events you are hosting, please get in touch. 
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Future Transport Forum

Making smarter and wider use of new technologies is key to this transport revolution – whilst always remembering that all viable solutions are driven by genuine need and must deliver relevant and innovative ways to improve personal mobility.

Future Transform Forum 2022
Venue: Portsmouth 
Date: 14 - 15 September 2022  

RDM Attendees:  Clare Morrissey - RDM Commercial Lead & Carl Selby - RDM Product Owner 


DataConnect22 will feature the same great mix of sessions as last year, by and for people across the UK public sector. We know that there are fantastic data stories to share, so if you have a piece of work, a challenge, or an innovation you want the data community to know about, then bring it along to DataConnect.

Venue: Virtual
Date: 26 - 30 September 2022
RDM Attendees: Jez Smith – RDM Programme Lead, Hayden Sutherland – Project Architect, Clare Morrissey - RDM Commercial Lead & Carl Selby - RDM Product Owner 

Train Communications System 2022

Almost every train operator from around the world that has launched a WiFi on-Trains service will be present, as will all the major players involved in kitting out the trains and building and operating trackside wireless communications networks.

Train Communications System
Venue: London, TBA 
Date: 12 -13 October 2022

RDM Attendees:  Jez Smith – RDM Programme Lead & Clare Morrissey - RDM Commercial Lead

Digital Rail 

Learn from global railway leaders showcasing their experience in digital transformation in a case-study led agenda. Visit the exhibition showcase area to engage in a series of product demonstrations presenting the latest innovations, technology advances and digital solutions.

Digital Rail Live
Venue: Twickenham
Date: 7 - 8 November 2022

RDM Attendees: Jez Smith – RDM Programme Lead

World Passenger Festival

The World Passenger Festival is for global public transport leaders who are driving forward the strategy, tech and innovations shaping the future of sustainable transport and mobility.

Covering Sustainability, Customer Experience, Commercial Strategy, Digital Transformation, Distribution and Ticketing, this is where the commercial ecosystem meets.

World Passenger Festival
16 - 18 November 2022 
Venue: Amsterdam 

RDM Attendees: Hayden Sutherland

Get involved

We need you to help shape the Rail Data Marketplace's development. If you would like to take part in a user research interview (45mins) please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Find out more - insights from our user research.

Research has been an integral part of the Rail Data Marketplace and allowed us to build on our previous understanding of our users. We had the objective to test the following key areas using a mixture of the interviews and a survey

User Research Insights

Commercial Research


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