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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 80279 69.5% 2022‑05‑16
OSM (matched refs) 66090 57.2% 2022‑05‑16

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. TW1 28
2. EX8 21
3. TW2 19
4. TQ13 15
5. SW13 14
6. TW9 13
7. E18 12
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. HandyHat 135 73%
2. Yorvik Prestigitator 75 35%
3. jambamkin 23 100%
4. JassKurn 22 95%
5. user_5589 22 77%
6. rskedgell 20 100%
7. Pedr0157 17 35%

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

# District Updates
1. FY6 51
2. TN15 42
3. TN14 40
4. TQ13 40
5. HG4 32
6. TN13 28
7. TW1 28
8. BN2 23
9. BN3 22
10. EX8 21
11. TW2 21
12. RH1 18
13. DT11 18
14. TW9 16
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 248 48%
2. user_5589 187 84%
3. HandyHat 144 74%
4. Sylv1_Durif 118 96%
5. AntV 105 100%
6. robbieonsea 84 100%
7. PlymouthWalker 68 66%
8. UtterClutter 55 100%
9. Peter Newman 40 98%
10. jambamkin 34 100%
11. Howie0 33 97%
12. jtn20 32 100%
13. JassKurn 23 91%
14. JamesGC 23 100%

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.