OS Open Roads

A high-level view of the road network in Great Britain.

  • OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain
  • A high-level view of the road network, from motorways to country lanes
  • It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B roads) as well as officially named unclassified roads.
  • Uses the Department for Transport's road classifications
  • Conforms to defined geospatial standards – easier GIS system and software setup
  • Free to use for commercial, educational and personal purposes


  • Understand and view the road network at a ‘high level’ with generalised geometry and network connectivity
  • Identify locations and pin information, such as incident or accident hotspots
  • Share information on the connected network for personal or business use
  • Display results in context using OS Open Map – Local mapping


  • Coverage: Great Britain
  • Scale: 1:15 000 to 1:30 000
  • Update Frequency: Twice a year – April and November
  • Formats: Vector (GML, ESRI Shape) 
  • Supply: Email Download, FTP, DVD, Data Streaming (WFS)
  • Licensing Options: Open

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