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Post Hoc — Analysing UK OSM Postbox Data

OpenStreetMap records the location of postboxes using the amenity=post_box tag. The Post Hoc tool provides statistics, reports and maps to compare the data in OpenStreetMap with data from Royal Mail. The Royal Mail Post Box data comes an FOI request. For further information, please see the Technical Details page.

Summary Statistics

Source Boxes Percent Updated
Royal Mail list 115485   2013‑11‑11
OSM 72885 63.1% 2020‑08‑08
OSM (matched refs) 58103 50.3% 2020‑08‑08

View history graphs.

Progress Maps and Comparison Reports

OSM Post Box Progress
View the progress of mapping all post boxes by postal area and then district. At district level a map shows a comparison between official location data from Royal Mail and current OSM data. Discrepencies are highlighted for ground surveys. Note that the official locations are © Royal Mail, and we do not have permission to use them in OSM.
OSM Reference Issues
Results of various checks on the values in 'ref' fields of post box nodes on OpenStreetMap.
OSM Collection Times Issues
Postboxes with possible errors in the collection_times key.
OSM Royal Cypher Issues
Postboxes with possible errors in the royal_cypher key.
OSM Box Type Report
Report on usage of tags to describe box types.
OSM Operator Report
Report on usage of tags to describe the operator of the box.
OSM Tag Keys Report
List of all keys used on post box nodes, ordered by number of occurrences.
OSM Tag Lists
Various reports listing postboxes with specific tags defined:

Post Box League Tables

Top postal districts and users by updates to post box nodes in last 7 days.

# District Updates
1. YO62 24
2. KT9 22
3. BN6 21
4. BN7 19
5. KT6 14
6. TD7 8
7. OX3 7
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. JodaStephen 108 99%
2. Hobgoblin 14 100%
3. robbieonsea 11 100%
4. zendesk 11 9%
5. Edward Smith (MilPop14) 9 100%
6. ecatmur 8 100%
7. Djminisite 7 100%

Top postal districts and users by updates to post box nodes in last 28 days.

# District Updates
1. CH43 49
2. CH62 41
3. CH63 36
4. BN7 33
5. BN6 32
6. BN9 30
7. KT3 30
8. BH15 28
9. YO62 24
10. KT9 22
11. LL59 17
12. LL16 15
13. KT6 14
14. BN11 13
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. JodaStephen 263 100%
2. Phil Nash 139 100%
3. robbieonsea 55 100%
4. DanGlover 45 96%
5. ecatmur 28 86%
6. ddixon 27 100%
7. Robert Whittaker 26 88%
8. Djminisite 24 100%
9. manof25 24 100%
10. Hobgoblin 17 100%
11. murble 17 100%
12. Tony Henllan 16 94%
13. Paul The Archivist 16 88%
14. Mikhail1412 13 77%

Copyright Warning: There is no permission from Royal Mail to use the box locations and reference numbers in their data in OpenStreetMap. So the data may not be used directly. However, you may find the comparisons helpful in suggesting places you would like to survey in the hope of finding missing post boxes to add.

Data derived from OpenStreetMap data, © OpenStreetMap Contributors, licensed under Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL). XAPI courtesy of Overpass API.