[Talk-GB] Importing NaPTAN Data

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Thu Jul 4 15:11:26 UTC 2019

Please, please don't use public_transport=platform unless you're 
actually mapping an actual, physical, raised object, similar to railway 

'platform' has been misappropriated from the physical railway=platform 
by those who developed the PT schema to mean an arbitrary area of 
pavement that's somewhere, roughly near where a bus stops. In OSM we map 
*physical* objects only.

It has now been regressed one stage further, being superfluously added 
to highway=bus_stop nodes. So much of the PT schema is just duplicating 
valid, existing data which leads to confusion & errors. It is a waste of 
time & effort.


if you're adding the bus stop & your source is naptan how can 


On 02/07/2019 11:06, Ed Loach wrote:
> David wrote:
>> Given that few people like maintenance work, if you can't map all
>> the
>> stops from first principles, it is very unlikely that imported ones will
>> get maintained.  Retaining the NaPTAN tagging is important in
>> allowing
>> any later remerge of the updated NaPTAN data.
> I've been regularly updating local bus route relations (all now upgraded to PT schema v2) in Tendring [1], Colchester [1] and Maldon [2] areas of Essex. This involves more maintenance than just the bus stops (which for Essex were imported some years ago). I've written a program to help me with this, comparing the opendata with the OSM data so I can work out what needs updating.
> Occasionally I encounter a bus stop used by a bus route which wasn't imported previously. In these cases I add the stop from NaPTAN (based on their latitude and longitude) and add the tags:
> highway=bus_stop
> public_transport=platform
> source=naptan
> naptan:verified=no
> name=(NaPTAN name)
> naptan:AtcoCode=(whatever)
> naptan:NaptanCode=(whatever)
> If the bus stop type is not MKD I add
> naptan:BusStopType=(bus stop type)
> and if the status is not "act" I add
> naptan:Status=(status)
> This last one is very rare as I think it is only once that I've found a deleted bus stop still part of a bus route (the road had been diverted and new stops installed - the old stop was on what is now a cycle path).
>> Another problem with NaPTAN stops, which applies to non-OSM
>> users as
>> well is that they have virtual stops in Hail and Ride areas.  Routers
>> seem to only like people boarding at those place, so, in my case, can
>> take me about 7 minutes out of my way against the direction of
>> travel,
>> so tell me I have missed a bus that could be easily caught.
> I'll agree with this. I've been adding them at the NaPTAN location as described above if they aren't already in, but these are occasionally up cul-de-sacs (usually at the start or end of the route).
> Ed
> [1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tendring(Essex)/Bus_Routes
> [2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Maldon(Essex_District)/Bus_Routes
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