[Talk-GB] Importing NaPTAN Data

Tony Shield tony.shield999 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 16:13:38 UTC 2019

Hi Spike

I'm interested in importing my local area - Chorley, Lancashire.

I've filtered the Naptan file to get Chorley csv file. I've then 
imported into JOSM conflation plug-in. I'm starting to understand how 
the conflation tool functions and I think the results are good. I've 
done several dry runs to get the technique correct. I'm planning to 
manually review each bus stop - not too bad when there are 3-400.

I too am trying to realise what Naptan codes and fields need to be 
populated for each bus stop, and agree with following the PTv2 scheme.

I haven't performed the import as I haven't been through the import 
authorisation process, and as Naptan is an established data import I 
think that it will not be too difficult as long as the process is correct.

Happy to work with you if you wish.



On 01/07/2019 16:02, Silent Spike 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 is outdated.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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