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Traffic Free Cycle Routes

FOI14590 – Request for information


Thank you for your email of 1 October 2015, requesting the following information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act FOIA 2000:

Reference the maps below, all within the county of Powys. It seems extremely odd to have very short sections of 'Traffic Free Cycle Routes' (TFCR) listed with a road network (un-surfaced).

My queries are numbered below - please respond to each point separately:


1. What is the current policy for the addition or removal of TFCRs?

2. Who requested the routes above were added to OS maps?

3. When was the request made?

    Our response

    I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested to respond to your information request. Where the information is not held, this is stated.

    1. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. The current policy is that SUSTRANS (a sustainable transport charity that works with various bodies to establish cycle routes in the UK) provides Ordnance Survey with information for the addition or removal of TFCRs every three months. Our intelligence database is then updated with the current information and 1:25k and 1:50k mapping is updated subsequently.

    If a TFCR is co-incident with a bridleway or permissive bridleway, restricted byway or byway open to all traffic, it is not shown on 1:25k. Only a selection of TFCRs that are not part of the National Cycle Network are shown on 1:25k if they are routes that have no links to roads and are of significant recreational/leisure interest e.g. those that run along dismantled railways, along rivers or canals, across open country or through woods. Purpose-built cycle routes in urban areas are not shown. TFCRs are only shown on 1:50k if they are part of the numbered National or Regional Cycle Network (designated by SUSTRANS).

    2. I can confirm Ordnance Survey does hold this information. SUSTRANS requested routes were added as depicted on the extracts sent. They have subsequently requested that the TFCRs be deleted.

    3. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information. We do not hold this information because we do not hold historical SUSTRANS information so do not know when they requested that the TFCRs be added. However, under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stipulated in Section 16 of the FOIA, we can provide the following explanation which may assist you in this matter.

    The latest data we hold from SUSTRANS in relation to all four areas, shows us that they requested deletion of the TFCRs in 2011 for the above web link items 1, 2 and 4 and in 2012 for item 3. All four TFCRs have now been deleted on our data and are correct from our most recent refresh of 1:25k raster data in September 2015. This data has been supplied to Bing.

    I hope the above is of use to you.

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