The City of London Corporation are planning essential major maintenance works to Tower Bridge. The work will require a full closure of the bridge to all vehicle and cyclist traffic for three months. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Saturday 1 October to Friday 30 December 2016.
As part of our open data policy, we’re releasing a full data set of the closure to allow developers to easily incorporate this data into their apps, helping Londoners to plan their journeys while the works are ongoing.
What have we done?
To allow third parties to understand the extent, scope and timing of these road closures, we’ve created a data set of all the road closures that will be in place for the duration of the Tower Bridge closure. This has been created using an industry data exchange standard called DATEX II.
We released a similar data set for the London Marathon this year, and details of the release were in this blog post.
What is DATEX?
DATEX II is a multi-part Standard, maintained by CEN Technical Committee 278, CEN/TC278, (Road Transport and Traffic Telematics), see www.itsstandards.eu.
DATEX is a standardised way of communicating and exchanging traffic information between traffic centres, service providers, traffic operators and media partners. The specification provides a harmonised way of exchanging data across boundaries, at a system level, to enable better management of the road network.
See http://www.datex2.eu for more information on the standard.
Why have we done it?
A standard way of publishing road information may benefit organisations who are already consuming data from other organisations provided in the same way.
What data is included?
The data describes all closures associated with the Tower Bridge works. The data provides information on the location, direction and period of the closure.
Where can you access the data?
The Tower Bridge road closures data set is open access, and can be accessed at:
We would love to hear what you think of this data; what does and doesn’t work for you, how we could improve similar offerings in future, and so on. Please leave us a comment below to let us know your thoughts.