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April 10, 2024

OS Multi-Modal Routing Network: Simplifying Navigation in Great Britain

OS Multi-Modal Routing Network: Simplifying Navigation in Great Britain

Ordnance Survey (OS) has unveiled its latest innovation: the OS Multi-modal Routing Network (OS MRN). This product integrates over one million kilometers of existing OS Road, Rail, Path, and Ferry networks into a seamless, interconnected system.

Designed to streamline multi-modal routing for both people and goods across Great Britain, OS MRN leverages Modal Change Points to illustrate where transitions between different modes of transport occur. Developed as part of OS's commitments under the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) and driven by customer feedback, this product marks a significant leap forward in accessibility and efficiency.

Previously, customers had to navigate through multiple layers of transport data to plan routes effectively. With OS MRN, all routing information is consolidated into a single platform, significantly reducing the effort required to prepare data for use. Whether it's transitioning from road to rail via a train station or incorporating ferry connections into a route, OS MRN provides a comprehensive solution for end-to-end journey planning.

The inclusion of over 300,000 key transport sites further enhances the utility of OS MRN, allowing users to seamlessly navigate from start to finish. Detailed information on road restrictions, vehicle access limitations, road speeds, and pavement conditions ensures that users can make informed decisions about their routes, taking into account any mode-specific restrictions or requirements.

By centralising routing information and providing comprehensive data on transportation infrastructure and restrictions, OS MRN empowers users to plan routes with confidence, whether for personal travel, logistics operations, or urban planning initiatives. This holistic approach not only simplifies navigation but also promotes efficiency and sustainability by facilitating optimised route planning and minimising unnecessary detours or delays.

In conclusion, Ordnance Survey's release of the OS Multi-modal Routing Network represents a significant milestone in transportation planning in Great Britain. By consolidating diverse transportation data into a single, user-friendly platform, OS MRN promises to revolutionise the way people and goods move across the country, paving the way for smarter, more connected, and more sustainable transportation systems.

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