Skip to Content


Highways Network

Following interest from the Department for Transport (DfT), a partnership was formed between DfT, Ordnance Survey (OS) and GeoPlace to create a British platform for highway information using the best data available from authoritative sources. As a result, OS MasterMap Highways Network was created and released in March 2016 to the PSMA community.

Cost Benefit Analysis

GeoPlace commissioned ConsultingWhere to carry out an in-depth study to investigate the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities. ConsultingWhere have examined the costs and the benefits of the address and street data local authorities create. The study outlines the benefits afforded to local authorities in an number of areas including; reduced data duplication and integration, improved tax revenues, channel shift and route optimisation in waste management. Using a rigorous financial model, according to Treasury guidelines, the study also projects potential future savings, and identified likely futures areas of opportunity and growth for the sector. The key findings from the report are: • Government Investment in the LLPG/LSG over the period 2010-5 has yielded a net benefit of approximately £86m in savings from reduced data duplication and integration, improved tax revenues, channel shift and route optimisation in waste management • Future net benefits from the same applications are likely to be in the region of £200m over the next 5 years based on the current rates of adoption, this represents a Return on Investment (cost-benefit ratio) after discounting of 4:1. • The return could be significantly higher if barriers to adoption, particularly access to funds, staff retention and improved national collaboration are addressed. This we estimate could be worth additional benefits of £20m over the next 5 years. • National collaboration initiatives with potential to emulate the DCLG waste partnership include shared gazetteer maintenance services, enhanced analysis for education, social services, public health and emergency services.

Local authorities handed greater control of road network

From April 2012, the Department for Transport (DfT) handed greater responsibility to English local highway authorities for the management of the roads classification system.

Reducing congestion and delivering service improvement

This paper provides details about what the NSG contains in terms of data as well as details of how it can be used – in an easily readable format.

Keeping traffic moving

Roads and streets are part of the country’s infrastructure and currently there are over 1,226,000 of them listed in the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Issues such as congestion, capacity planning, street works, accidents, incidents and maintenance can affect them all and has a severe impact on traffic flow.

Performance matters; analysing works on the road network

The UK Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC(UK)) have introduced a quarterly performance scorecard to analyse works on the road network. This initiative is extremely important in giving the true picture of what is happening on UK roads, it indicate how utilities and local authorities are performing, and helps identify major issues that need addressing in England & Wales.

GeoPlace takes over rationalisation of streetworks codes

From 1 April 2011, GeoPlace took over responsibility for the administration, maintenance, allocation and hosting of the Streetworks Data Capture Code List. This is a database, formerly hosted by the Department for Transport (DfT) that holds codes and tables used in the Electronic Transfer of Notices (EToN) for organisations, known as statutory undertakers, which have a statutory duty under the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) to dig in the road.

Addressing, productivity and efficiency in local government

Addresses are essential to locate needs and demands to deliver local public services. Making the best use of data provides local authorities with an opportunity to realise significant savings and improve services to citizens. This document gives an overview of the creation, usage and advantages of local data.

How to improve your address data

Hints and tips from fellow Authority Address Custodians

British Standard 7666-2006

BS7666:2006 is one of around 27,000 British Standards. BS7666:2006 refers specifically to the standards for geographical referencing. This fact sheet explains the different parts of the standard, and its impact & use within local government

Save money and deliver better services to citizens

The brochure describes how your local address data can help your authority save money, deliver better services, know where your customers are and which public services they are using, reduce waste and duplication, make evidence-based decision making, make better use of your location-based intelligence to transform service delivery, work with partners, comply with legislation.

Briefing paper for councillors

Just about all of a council's activities happen at, or are delivered to a person at a ‘place’. So where are all of these places? How do councils deliver services to them and how are they linked together?

UPRN - your golden thread

This document provides information about the UPRN, what is it, how it links data together, as well as providing some user benefits.

The definitive record of streets

At the point of creation through their statutory role in the street naming and numbering process local authorities will assign the definitive address for a property and for street information. Read more in this document.