[Talk-GB] railway=halt

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Fri Jan 31 23:49:13 UTC 2020

Over the past few months I've been sorting & adding detail to the UK's 
National Rail railway stations so that OSM has the correct amount.

I'm unsure of the benefits of tagging some of them as 'halts'. I'm 
proposing they should all be 'station'.

All 2567 NR Stations with 96 halts in blue: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/Qik

Determining based on size, as the wiki suggests, is too subjective IMO.  
How is 'size' determined? The number of platforms? Tracks? Passenger 
usage (which fluctuates)? Note, OSM doesn't have an equivalent tag to 
distinguish really big stations..

Another factor is if they're request stops. This is a much more 
appropriate criteria. I've now added them with the more explicit tag 

All 137 Request Stops in blue: https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/Qil
65 of these are already tagged a stations.

British Rail remove all references to halts (1974?)
There are only two which have since been renamed to include halt. It 
appears to be for purely cosmetic reasons. (The locals probably think 
it'll increase property values).

I've contacted Thunderforest and OpenRailMap. Neither make a distinction 
between halts & stations in their renders.
Carto label them the same but display halts at a higher zoom level, 
which personally, I find irritating.



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