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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 82132 71.1% 2022‑11‑30
OSM (matched refs) 68080 59.0% 2022‑11‑30

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. DE23 21
2. S44 19
3. S42 17
4. SN8 14
5. CT15 12
6. W2 11
7. DE6 10
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 118 50%
2. RaccoonFederation 60 83%
3. Bill Mulhearn 50 100%
4. Dave Venables 34 100%
5. confusedbuffalo 32 94%
6. AntV 29 90%
7. rskedgell 18 100%

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

# District Updates
1. FY5 46
2. TR4 39
3. FY4 36
4. FY1 33
5. FY3 32
6. FY2 23
7. SE25 22
8. GU30 21
9. DE23 21
10. S44 19
11. TR3 18
12. CT15 17
13. S42 17
14. PH1 17
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 326 53%
2. RaccoonFederation 270 80%
3. Chris McMahon 169 100%
4. AntV 111 97%
5. Bill Mulhearn 92 100%
6. user_5589 62 98%
7. Joe-w 51 2%
8. robbieonsea 43 100%
9. confusedbuffalo 34 94%
10. Dave Venables 34 100%
11. rskedgell 31 97%
12. DanGlover 29 100%
13. Djminisite 28 89%
14. mattproctor 27 100%

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.