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OS Open Roads

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If you need a high-level view of the road network in Great Britain, OS Open Roads is for you – and it's completely free.

OS Open Roads

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OS Open Roads

Benefits and key features

  • Understand and view the road network at a ‘high level’ with generalised geometry and network connectivity.
  • Identify locations and pin information, such as incident or accident hotspots.
  • Share information on the connected network for personal or business use.
  • Display results in context using OS Open Map – Local mapping.

Useful download

Product Sheet (PDF)

Feel free to download and share with your colleagues.

    Note: this is Beta data, a close match to the final version that we have made available to download for evaluation. We welcome your feedback.

      An OS OpenData product

      OS Open Roads is FREE download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes.

      An OS OpenData product

      Consistent data

      OS Open Roads uses the Department for Transport's road classifications.

      Consistent data

      Industry standards

      Conforms to defined geospatial standards – easier GIS system and software setup.

      Industry standards

      OS Open Roads

      Technical specification

      FormatGML 3.2, Esri Shape file
      Data structureVector points and lines
      AttributesMotorways, A-roads, B-roads
      Scale1:15 000 to 1:30 000
      Update frequencyTwice a year – April and November
      SupplyOnline download or DVD
      CoverageGreat Britain
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