[Tagging] Was public_transport=platform intended to > always be combined with highway=bus_stop?

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 17:30:54 UTC 2019

For platform numbers or letters I've seen local_ref being used succesfully.
For train platforms it is also possible they are divided into zones, where
one part of the train may have one destination, and the other another
destination. Such trains are split either in that station or a subsequent

On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 7:07 PM Peter Neale via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> Hi Markus,
> Thank you for your comments.
> I stand corrected on the Name v. Ref issue.  You are right; it would be
> better to map a platform and tag it with Ref=<platform number> .
> As regards your other comment; I stand by my view that it is useful to
> know which services stop at a given station, but that any user wishing to
> travel would expect to check which platform to stand on, as that could be
> changed at short notice.  So adding that detail to the map would not (IMHO)
> be useful.
> Regards,
> Peter
> On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 17:49:06 BST, Markus <
> selfishseahorse at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 31 Jul 2019 at 15:08, Peter Neale via Tagging
> <tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
> >
> > Within the station there will normally be several platforms, which may
> be named "Platform 1", "Platform 2"... ...or "Platform A", "Platform B"
> etc.  These could / should be mapped and given an name tag.
> Common practice is to use ref=*, not name=*, because it's the number
> or letter of the platform, not its name. (This also has the advantage
> that e.g. routers can translate it into other languages.)
> > Whilst trains for particular destinations may NORMALLY use a certain
> platform, that can vary, depending on breakdowns, delays, scheduling
> issues, etc. so the Platforms should not be tagged with further information
> about the trains / route(s) using them.
> I disagree. If the train normally uses the same platform, except in
> some rare moments, i think it helps to know from which platform it
> departs. Note that bus stops sometimes can also be displaced or even
> omitted because of roadworks, breakdowns, delays etc.
> Regards
> Markus
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