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OS Locator

Please note: On 1 June 2015 we issued a formal notice of withdrawal for this product.


  • Mid. scale - regional

Data use

  • Names and gazetteers

Data format

  • Vector

OS Locator™ is a fully searchable national gazetteer of road names. It allows the identification of specific locations by a number of criteria including locality, settlement, local authority and county.

OS Locator is used by utility companies for service planning and provision and within the emergency response service to locate where callers are based. Although OS Locator does not contain any road geometry, (it is a point-based gazetteer of road names), it does contain coordinates which creates a minimum bounding rectangle encompassing the extent of the road referenced in the gazetteer.

OS Locator has been designed to allow users to refine searches of road names or numbers by providing additional reference to localities and recognised geographies such as local authority and county. This is essential to overcome the ambiguities associated with quick identification of precise locations based solely on road names or numbers. For example, the name ‘High Street’ is repeated hundreds of times throughout the country, whilst many roads extend for several kilometres without a change to either road name or number.

Results of searches can be easily visualised using the gazetteer in conjunction with other products available in the OS OpenData catalogue, such as OS VectorMap™ District and OS Street View.

The product is free to view, download and use under OS OpenData™ terms.

See also

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Order this and any of the other OS OpenData products free of charge.

Ordnance Survey data is providing Transport Scotland with the best possible detail as it oversees construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing, due for completion in 2016.

Need more information?

If you want more details, there are a few options for you. You can contact us directly and talk to one of our Sales Advisers, or you can visit our comprehensive product support area that has lots of useful information and details about our products.

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For technical support, visit our OS Locator support page or visit our OpenData support page.

How to use our data

We provide the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data in Great Britain.

Our data will need to be integrated in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to allow you to view, edit, overlay and manage different data formats and sources.

Our products, depending on their formats, will require different software. Some also require translation tools so please check with the system providers for the products you are interested in.

Have a look at our partner pages to learn more about solutions and services offered by our licensed partners.

Try it now

If you would like to start using this product straight away, please make use of the following options to get the most from OS OpenData:

  • Order the product to use in your GIS (Geographical Information System) and receive via a download or despatched to you on a DVD.
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