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October 11, 2015

TfL launches new transparency strategy

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new transparency strategy, through which it intends to provide better access to information and more clarity around the release of key data.

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new transparency strategy, through which it intends to provide better access to information and more clarity around the release of key data.

Earlier this year, TfL carried out a public consultation with customers and stakeholders about how it could increase public access to the information it holds.

As a result of the consultation, TfL received 93 responses from a range of stakeholders, with suggestions about information they would want the organisation to release.

"For many years we have published a huge amount of information and data, and this strategy is the next step in going even further."

Among the most prominent transparency decisions made, is the online publishing of of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from next year.

A schedule detailing the updates to regular information and datasets will also be made available online to help stakeholders plan their scrutiny of this material.

The agency’s YouTube channel will make webcasts of all board meetings available for longer than the current six month period.

Starting from December, recordings can still be viewed when they are no longer available on the Greater London Authority website.

TfL will review the presentation of information on its website to make it easier to find and interpret.

It will identify any gaps in information the agency publishes about the number of customers using each service and standardise the presentation of this information.

In order to further increase transparency, including making more open data freely available, the new measures made by TfL will be reviewed twice annually.

London transport commissioner Mike Brown said: "Our role is to modernise and improve London’s transport services so they continue to support new homes, jobs and economic growth.

"As we do this, we are committed to being open and transparent, and we are making more information publicly available than ever before.

"We want our customers and stakeholders to be able to scrutinise how we operate, and how our income is spent for the benefit of London.

"For many years we have published a huge amount of information and data, and this strategy is the next step in going even further."

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