[Talk-GB] Bus Routes on OSM

Gareth Boyes gxboyes at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 15:47:41 UTC 2020

All bus routes in Great Britain and Isle of Man are available from https://www.travelinedata.org.uk/traveline-open-data/traveline-national-dataset/ <https://www.travelinedata.org.uk/traveline-open-data/traveline-national-dataset/> under the Open Government Licence which I believe is compatible with OSM https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Government_Licence <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Government_Licence>. 

You will need to apply for access from Traveline.  I applied using "OpenStreetMap contributor” as the reason for use and was granted access on the next working day. Access is granted to an ftp server that can be accessed using an FTP client e.g. Cyberduck. 

BTW The traveline request form asks you to provide a password. Make sure you provide a unique password that you are happy to be sent in non-encrypted FTP request.  


Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2020 14:43:55 +0100
From: David Woolley <forums at david-woolley.me.uk>
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Bus Routes on OSM
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On 06/07/2020 14:02, Matthew Scanlon wrote:
> How are Bus Routes added into OSM? I have noticed that bus routes in 
> Basildon (my local area) are a few years out of date with some service 
> such as the 5 and 8Ahaving been  withdrawn and the route 2 being 
> renumbered 28

My understanding is that TfL doesn't licence the information on a basis 
that would allow it to be directly used, so OSM rely on members of the 
public using the buses, or tracing the routes between bus stops.

How up to date the information is depends on how enthusiastic people are 
in an area, and there tends to be a preference for mapping things for 
the first time over maintaining existing mapping.

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