OS Open Roads

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


How many miles of roads 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.

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

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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.


Key featuresWhat this product offers

GML 3.2, Esri Shape file

Data structure

Vector points and lines


Motorways, A-roads, B-roads, road classification, road name, primary route information, motorway junction information, links to our premium OS MasterMap Highways Network products.


1:15 000 to 1:30:000

Update frequency

Twice a year – April and November


Download only


Great Britain

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How is this data supplied and what do I need to use it?

OS Open Roads is available to download. You’ll need geographic information system (GIS) software to use the data.

Can you use OS Open Roads for in-vehicle navigation systems?

Unfortunately not. For the route restriction information that your users would need, such as one-way systems, width and height restrictions, we recommend OS MasterMap Highways Network.

Can I download OS Open Roads covering just my local area?

No, the product is only available to download a national set. However, the product has been split into 100km2 so you can work with the area you require easily

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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 2018
  • 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 2018
  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018

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