OS Open Roads

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Dataset Description:

OS Open Roads is a generalised vector road network dataset, providing a high-level view of the GB road network at a varying scale from 1:15,000 to 1:,30,000.  It includes all roads other than private roads and shorter cul-de-sacs.

If a more comprehensive road network dataset is required then please see the OS MasterMap ITN & Highways Network Layers.


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Dataset Specification:

Product Name

OS Open Roads

Data Provider

Ordnance Survey


1:15,000 – 1:30,000


Great Britain (complete)

Data Structure

Vector (points and lines)


Esri Shapefile, Esri File GeoDatabase, MapInfo TAB, MID/MIF, Autodesk DWG, OGC KML, OGC GML, CSV (attribute data only)


Midscale, site-level applications

Key Attributes

Motorways, A-roads, B-roads, road classification, road name, primary route information, motorway junction information, links to OS MasterMap Highways Network products


OS OpenData Licence

Update Frequency

6 monthly (April, November)


Dataset Resources:

Product site
Support site
User Guide & Technical Specification (pdf)