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Local authority requirements

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Overview

The Bus Open Data Service (BODS) is the central service for publishing high quality information for all local bus services in England. The Bus Services Act 2017 requires operators of local bus services in England to publish data to the Bus Open Data Service. There are three types of data that operators must published in certain data formats: timetables, bus location and fares.

Local transport authorities are required to maintain NaPTAN stop data and should enable operators to publish data to this service to fulfil the operator requirements. Local transport authorities should be supporting operators and may also act as an operator’s agent.

Data required Data format required Requirement date Obligation
Timetable TransXChange Version 2.4 31st December 2020 Operator
Bus location SIRI-VM Version 2.0 7th January 2021 Operator
Basic fares UK NeTEx 1.10 7th January 2021 Operator
Complex fares UK NeTEx 1.10 7th January 2023 Operator
Stop data Naptan 31st December 2020 Local Transport Authority

Community bus operators are currently outside the scope of the requirement if they have exemptions under Section 19 or Section 22 of the Local Government Act 1985.

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