Mando upgrades TfL’s key digital planning platform for world-leading transport network

Mando are proud to launch a range of enhancements to Transport for London (TfL)’s key digital planning platform, WebCAT, the Web-based Connectivity Assessment Toolkit. 

This tool is used by professional planners in London when planning new houses or other developments, to measure public transport access levels (PTAL) and to produce travel time reports. Phase 2 will enhance this already ‘go-to’ place for research, information and statistics about London’s transport network.

The latest version of WebCAT now includes:
 
  • Heat maps which show users how well-connected an area is, not only by public transport but now also by cycling infrastructure
  • Travel times from any location in London - including the number of people, jobs, town centres, health services and schools within specified travel time bands.
  • New comparisons between different scenarios such as cycling and public transport on today’s transport network and that of the future.

Mando’s work on the project included reviewing the existing UX deliverables, like user personas, user stories and existing wireframes to validate them, before undertaking the development work.

Mark Simpson, Client Services Director at Mando said: “We’re really excited to have collaborated on this project with Transport for London, as they’re one of the world’s leading transport brands and one of the perennial symbols of London.

We know how invaluable the WebCAT tool is to planners, so we’re thrilled to have been involved in this next stage of development in making their lives easier. We look forward to continuing our relationship in light of our recent expansion into the capital.”

Alex Williams, Acting Managing Director of Planning, said: “London’s planners have a huge challenge ahead of them and WebCAT is a great toolkit which has already provided them with lots of useful data. We have now upgraded it to include a variety of new features, such as how many jobs and schools are nearby. This means that a wider range of people, for example property developers or residents, can now use it to find out more about specific locations in London and help plan what London will look like in the future.”

For more information about the WebCAT toolkit, watch TfL’s promotional video here, or to give it a go yourself, please visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/WebCAT