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TfL announces the winners of its Accessible Apps competition

Further to our feature on Transport for London's competition to create accessibility apps back in March, the winning apps were announced last Tuesday - on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

A panel judges selected as the best all round app Tube Tracker by Andy Drizen, a multi-modal app that finds the nearest station to the user with directions, the prize being further development support from TfL.


Accessible to all customers

Developers were asked for ideas for new 'Accessibility Apps' to make TfL realtime information easier to use, including for for customers with vision impairments.

All the entered apps made use of live information from TfL, provided free of charge.

Specialists from AbilityNet and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) tested 194 apps for features that affect app accessibility such as use of colour contrast, voiceover capability, and user experience.

The shortlisted apps were then assessed by a panel made up of people with a range of disabilities or with expertise in accessibility needs.
The apps that best demonstrated these attributes were:

  • Best visually impaired app: London's Nearest Bus - This app allows the user to find the nearest buses and live departure times from their location. Users can also set individual bus alerts to trigger when a bus is due
  • Best app for accessibility/step free information: Station Master - This app offers detailed accessibility information for every London Underground, Overground and DLR station
  • Best all round app: Tube Tracker - A multi-modal app that finds the nearest station to the user with directions. Provides automatically updated live departure information, a journey planning function, first/last tubes and tube status alerts
  • Judges' award: Colour Blind Tube Map - This app displays the London Underground map in various formats for easier viewing by people with all forms of colour blindness, and other vision impairments such as cataracts, loss of contrast sensitivity and hyperopia.

In addition, TfL Fare Calculator, Citymapper and London Bus Times Preview were all Highly Commended.


TfL subscribing development partners have developed over 194 apps

This competition is the first stage of an engagement plan with developers to produce new accessible journey planning tools.

In 2010, TfL set up its Developers' Area following the GLA London Data Store initiative to publish high-quality operational data in the most accessible format possible making travel data available to developers free of charge.

The objective of this was to enable research, promote economic activity and to encourage technical developments that would enable TfL's passenger information to reach as wide a customer base as possible. Since then, subscribing development partners have developed over 194 apps covering all areas of transport in London.

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