With the enactment of the Bus Services Act 2017, getting open access to UK bus data changes from a matter of good practice to a matter of law. At present, though, it is still unclear what this will mean in practice - we are waiting for the secondary legislation. DfT is engaged in an active "discovery" programme to frame that at the moment, and doubtless some of you have (like RTIG) contributed.
The picture will become a lot clearer over the next month or so. We have therefore set this as the topic for the 2018 Spring Meeting, to be held in Leeds on 19 March. DfT will present their current state of thinking, and we'll also hear from the practical experiences and expectations from public authority, bus operator, and supply industry speakers. Make a note in your diary!