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OS Open Roads

Get a high-level view of the road network, from motorways to country lanes.

How many miles of roads are there in the country? What and where’s within 10 miles of this location? OS Open Roads lets you answer questions like these.

Work with definitive road information. By underpinning your reporting tool with OS Open Roads, you’ll give highways teams a head-start on fixing issues like potholes.

Save money and benefit from simple licensing terms. OS Open Roads is free to view, download and use for commercial, education and personal purposes.

Comprehensive

OS Open Roads contains minor roads as well as trunk roads. The only roads not shown are private roads and shorter cul-de-sacs.

Need more functionality?

If you need data to underpin turn-by-turn routing or definitive details of road maintenance responsibility, we recommend OS MasterMap Highways Network.

Specifications

Technical specification
Key FeaturesWhat this product offers
FormatGML 3.2, Esri Shape file
Data structureVector points and lines
AttributesMotorways, A-roads, B-roads, road classification, road name, primary route information, motorway junction information, links to our premium OS MasterMap Highways Network products.
Scale1:15 000 to 1:30:000
Update frequencyTwice a year – April and November
SupplyDownload only
CoverageGreat Britain

OS Open Roads FAQs

Licensing

OS Open Roads is available under the following licences:

Our open data products are covered by the Open Government Licence (OGL), which allows you to:

  • copy, distribute and transmit the data;
  • adapt the data; and
  • exploit the data commercially, whether by sub-licensing it, combining it with other data, or including it in your own product or application.

We simply ask that you acknowledge the copyright and the source of the data by including the following attribution statement:

  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2020
  • Where you use Code-Point Open data, you must also use the following attribution statements:
  • Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and Database right 2020
  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2020

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