[Talk-GB] Importing NaPTAN Data

Stuart Reynolds stuart at travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Mon Jul 1 15:21:04 UTC 2019

Hi Spike,

There are two aspects to your question. The first is around mechanical edits (i.e. importing NaPTAN), and I’ll defer to the group for that because while I would like to use NaPTAN (matained, mostly) to update OSM (not maintained, mostly) across the UK, there is resistance to that - and it is because of that “mostly” issue, because in some areas bus stops have been more accurately surveyed.

However, one of my many hats (as a consultant) is as the DfT’s “Public Transport Data Standards” expert (Transport is a devolved power, but the Scottish Parliament usually keeps Scotland broadly aligned with England). If you want to know specific things about NaPTAN fields, then I can tell you what they are for and why we need them - either email me direct, or reply here if you think that it would be more widely interesting. That is particularly true of stop points which are “Custom & Practice” or “Hail & Ride” which are not marked on the ground at all (so are perhaps irrelevant from a mapping perspective), but are nevertheless valid stopping points (and very important from a PT perspective)

As a general note to both you and the wider community, the (English) Bus Services Act 2017 provides powers to compel Local Authorities to maintain NaPTAN data, and there are steps being discussed to assist in bulk “improvements” to the stop data ahead of the timetable provision which is intended to commence Jan 2020, mandatory by Jan 2021 (these dates all in the public domain, by the way). There is a similar Bill going through Holyrood at present, but I don’t know precisely what powers it will contain or what dates it will mandate.

Stuart Reynolds
for traveline south east and anglia

On 1 Jul 2019, at 16:02, Silent Spike <silentspike100 at gmail.com<mailto:silentspike100 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Hey folks,

I'm interested in importing NaPTAN bus stop data (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/NaPTAN/Import) specifically for my area of the UK (Aberdeen).

As far as I can tell, some progress was made previously on importing NaPTAN data for specific areas of the UK. However, the process for requesting an import on the wiki seems to have broken down somewhere along the line and I believe the python script mentioned on the wiki is outdated.

I went ahead and wrote a 5 minute python 3 script to convert the NaPTAN csv bus stops file into OSM XML which I can import using JOSM. I'm splitting the data into files by local area - here's an example of an area I'm familiar with (https://i.imgur.com/xE7TF2c.png) where you can see the import data (blue) line up well with the existing data (black).

My plan for conflation was basically to do it by hand since I'm familiar with the area and can take my time to do each local area individually. However, I could probably also set up some data matching by checking the stop names and offsets of existing data.

As for tagging, I'm unsure what the current status is regarding the `naptan:` namespace. Looking at those tags, they all seem pretty useless to me (except `naptan:AtcoCode` as an identifier). Currently I'm just using roadside bus stops marked with a shelter or pole and following the PTv2 scheme to tag them as `highway=bus_stop`, `public_transport_platform` and `bus=yes`.

If anyone has any suggestions or input please let me know! Obviously I won't be importing anything without some community approval first.
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