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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 71927 62.3% 2020‑05‑26
OSM (matched refs) 56937 49.3% 2020‑05‑26

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. AL4 12
2. HA3 9
3. CR5 9
4. BN25 6
5. HR8 5
6. RH10 5
7. AL1 5
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 30 83%
2. ddixon 19 95%
3. Peter Newman 18 100%
4. JodaStephen 15 100%
5. John Stanworth 6 100%
6. caranteth 6 100%
7. UKChris 4 75%

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

# District Updates
1. AL5 47
2. IP24 28
3. BH18 23
4. HA3 23
5. AL4 19
6. E7 16
7. SG13 14
8. WS1 11
9. E15 11
10. AL6 10
11. SW16 9
12. RG25 9
13. SG14 9
14. E11 9
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 111 88%
2. ddixon 107 99%
3. Robert Whittaker 53 100%
4. Peter Newman 43 100%
5. Ã…ndrew 42 95%
6. rskedgell 31 94%
7. robbieonsea 25 100%
8. markbeech 21 100%
9. JodaStephen 20 95%
10. spiregrain 19 95%
11. tonybrown100 14 86%
12. Paul Berry 11 91%
13. owenward 10 100%
14. John Stanworth 10 100%

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.