Covid-Safe Travel Challenge

Looking for solutions that leverage health and travel data to help increase confidence and enable a safe re-opening of London’s economy

What is the challenge?

Create a digital tool that sources and integrates health and travel data with up-to-date guidance and advice to help Londoners make informed decisions and personal risk assessments in relation to COVID-19.




Who are the end users? 

All Londoners who have access to digital technology and who remain economically active at a variety of levels of restrictions. The use of such a tool will grow as restrictions are eased and more Londoners increase their economic activity.

What impact are we seeking?

  • Safer economic activity facilitated at a variety of levels of restrictions
  • Confidence of Londoners increased
  • Londoners equipped with up-to-date information and empowered to understand and calculate risk



What will the Resilience Partner provide?

  • Access to data
  • Access to networks and partnerships
  • Strategic direction
  • Ensuring public health messages align with National guidance and most up to date evidence

What does good look like?

  • Digital, real-time, easy to use, and accessible.
  • Enables Londoners to access real-time information showing COVID-19 rates across boroughs utilising infection data 
  • Enables Londoners to access up-to-date health advice and guidance in line with current restrictions 
  • Enables Londoners to make informed decisions around essential travel and tasks


Background information

  • London has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic both in terms of case numbers and social and economic effects.  Since the start of the pandemic London has had more cases than any other region in England and the highest rates per population. 
  • There are specific challenges for people who live and work in London: higher rates of public transport use and higher population density mean that Londoners are likely to have a greater number of contacts in their day to day lives. Evidence has shown that certain demographic groups are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection and complications, including a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Londoners from black and minority ethnic groups.
  • Across London’s boroughs, there are a variety of COVID-19 infection data available, and travel and busyness data available such as through TfL Go. However, there is no easy and accessible way for Londoners to plan their journey – for example, to work or to the shop – that integrates local health data with travel data and up-to-date guidance on risk to enable them to make informed decisions around essential travel and tasks.
  • There are multiple data sources that could be utilised to address this challenge, including local COVID-19 case data, busyness data and London Transport data, that are open source.
  • This tool should support Londoners who continue to be economically active under periods of high-tier restrictions (e.g. within the construction sector) to do so safely and to support all Londoners to engage in safer economy activity during periods of lessened restrictions.  This will facilitate the safe re-opening of London’s economy by enabling Londoners to access up-to-date information about COVID-19 rates, travel, and health guidance. 

About the Resilience Partner

The Greater London Authority, or City Hall, is a strategic regional authority with powers over economic development, transport and regeneration. We welcome applications that adhere to the principles of open data and open standards as set out in the Emerging Technology Charter.