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Ordnance Survey signals geographic intelligence on railways

OS MasterMap, a single underpinning geographical framework to enable data sharing through digital geographical information (GI) for rail network, has been developed by Ordnance Survey and is being showcased at Railtex 04 that is being organized at the NEC Birmingham from 2nd to 4th November. This is an ideal database environment for infrastructure maintenance, passenger information systems and other vital integration of track and train intelligence.

OS MasterMap contains more than 440 million natural and man-made features, including rail detail such as tracks, tunnel portals, mileposts, level crossings and cuttings. Each feature is referenced with a unique 16-digit identifier, enabling users to share and attach additional information and attributes.

The data is available in different layers, offering an up-to-date and multifaceted digital representation of Britain’s railways for all interested stakeholders.

Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Strategic Rail Authority and British Transport Police already recognise the potential of GI at a national level and continue to invest in the technology.