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DfT works on transport data mapping tool


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Department for Transport (DfT) is aiming to adopt a mapping tool for place based transport data.

It has indicated that it is looking for support in a discovery project on user requirements, to establish if there are any similar tools already in existence, and whether there is an ‘off the shelf’ product available or it needs to develop its own system.

The department wants a tool capable of displaying a wide range of information on issues such as public transport usage, population size and rail projects. The discovery phase, scheduled to begin in early February, will be focused on identifying what information should be included and where it would be sourced.

The market notice says the primary users will be inside the DfT, including area leads, policy and project teams, along with senior managers and board members, but the tool could be extended to wider use in the Civil Service.

A steering group, made up of technology, policy, governance and programme delivery teams inside the department, will be set up to oversee the work. The key contact point will be inside the regions, cities and devolution directorate.

Image: Piccadilly Station, Manchester by Abhijit Tembhekar, CC BY 2.0 through flickr

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