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Analysing UK Post Office Data in OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap records the location of Post Offices using the amenity=post_office tag. The tool provides statistics, reports and maps to compare the data in OpenStreetMap with data from Post Office Ltd, supplied under the Open Government Licence.

Post Office Summary Statistics

Source Branches Percent Updated
POL Branch List 11324   2023‑09‑27
OSM 9255 81.7% 2024‑07‑09
OSM (matched) 8423 74.4% 2024‑07‑09
OSM (matched by ID) 7630 67.4% 2024‑07‑09

Improving OSM Coverage

OSM Post Office Progress
View the progress of mapping all Post Office Branches by postal area.
OSM Mapping Notes
Guidelines and suggestions on how to use the Post Office data to improve OpenStreetMap.

Data Comparison Reports

POL Distant Matches
Lists Branches from the official list that may have an erroneous location, as they have been matched to an OSM object more than a certain distance away.
OSM Unmatched Objects
Reports on OSM Post Office objects that have not been matched to a branch on the official list.
OSM Suspicious Names Report
Lists nodes and ways tagged with amenity=post_office, with a name=* tag that indicates they might not be a Post Office after all.
OSM Opening Hours Issues
Lists nodes and ways tagged with amenity=post_office, with a non-standard opening_hours=* tag.
OSM Tag Keys Report
List of all keys used on post box nodes, ordered by number of occurrences.
OSM Tag Lists
Various reports listing Post Offices with specific tags defined:

OSM History

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