[Tagging] A place where letters & parcels are sent to be sorted so they can be delivered?

althio althio.forum at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 13:35:21 UTC 2017

Hi Dave,

TL;DR: amenity = sorting_office seems fine, but only used in UK at the
moment and undocumented.


I have seen :

(same as you said)
amenity = sorting_office
21 from https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/amenity=sorting_office
mostly in big cities in UK:
corresponding to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_centre
"The Royal Mail operates a network of 38 mail centres. Each mail
centre serves a large geographically defined area of the United
Kingdom and together they form the backbone network of the mail
distribution operation."

"Mail is exchanged between the mail centres and then forwarded to one
of 1,356 delivery offices".

I understand then the UK system as:
38 amenity = sorting_office ==> 1356 amenity = post_office

I don't know what a "post_depot" is, but it does seem more like a
intermediate sorting/delivery office, maybe for parcels?
amenity = post_depot

(but also a strange outlier)
18 from https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/post_office=sorting_center
all instances strangely in one place:

-- althio

On 22 February 2017 at 20:56, Dave F <davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi
> A place where letters & parcels are sent to be sorted so they can then be
> delivered?
> In the Britain I think they'd normally be called a sorting office. but
> there's only 21 & 2 for postal_sorting_office from tag info
> Is post_depot the same thing? (313 wordwide/212 GB)
> Either tag doesn't seem a great number. Is there a more popular one in use?
> DaveF
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