Transport for London upgrades key digital planning platform with Mando

TfL has engaged Mando to enhance its digital planning platform, WebCAT.

Transport for London (TfL) has engaged Mando to deliver a range of enhancements to its key digital planning platform, WebCAT (the Web-based Connectivity Assessment Toolkit).

This tool is used by professional planners in London when considering the impact of new houses or other developments on public transport access levels (PTAL) and travel times. 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; new comparisons between different scenarios such as cycling and public transport.

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 at TfL, 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.”

TfL have also produced a promotional video to provide more information on the WebCAT toolkit.

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