You're probably wondering why I've shut down OpenTrainTimes.
The short answer is that I can no longer cover the costs of running the site from my own pocket. It's about £100/month for all the infrastructure just to keep things running - that's excluding the vast amount of work I put in to the site.
The long answer is that I'm fed up of spending all my time trying to make the site better, and getting no where. Last year was not at all easy for me, I hoped I could use OpenTrainTimes as a gateway out of it. However, I've ended up being exhausted, demotivated and with little to show - other than a very detailed understanding of some of the finer points of train planning and reporting systems.
I've tried to do the right thing for the past three or four years with Open Data, championing what's right, learning and spreading knowledge - and I want to try to continue doing that. There are other sites out there, some of which have ideas which were inspired by OpenTrainTimes - I won't name them, but you can use those.
I'm still committed to Open Rail Data, and I've had fun and interesting times working on OpenTrainTimes, but I feel it's run its course and I feel it's the right time to move in another direction.
Peter Hicks, 10th March 2014