TfL becoming more transparent
TfL is taking a number of measures in an effort to make it a more transparent organisation. Actions that TfL will take include publishing all replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests online from 2016; publishing a schedule, which will set out when TfL will publish regular information and datasets; making webcasts of Board meetings available for longer than the current six month period, via YouTube; reviewing how information is presented on TfL’s website; identifying any gaps in the information TfL publishes about the number of customers using each service and standardising the presentation of this information; and publishing an update twice a year on the progress made by TfL to further increasing transparency, including making more open data freely available. The release of its new transparency strategy follows a public consultation with customers and stakeholders, which asked for their views on the usefulness of the range of information published by TfL and how it is presented, which received 93 responses.
London’s 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.’