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National Street Gazetteer becomes authoritative national street dataset

Posted: 01 December 2006

A major problem for utilities has been the lack of a comprehensive and up-to-date source of streets and highways information for notification of street works to local Highway Authorities.

Intelligent Addressing, the UK address and data management specialist, has achieved further success with the latest publication of the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). The NSG is now complete and is implementing a regular monthly update regime from all 172 Highways Authorities, the sources of new road information. Regular updates from now on makes the NSG the street database of choice for over 300 organisations involved in street works and highways maintenance, providing users with the fastest access to new street data from source.

Compiled from submissions from local authorities, the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) is the only centrally maintained street database that conforms to British Standards. Already in use by Local Government and those organisations that work on or around the highway, the NSG now has the potential to revolutionise access to street data and street works information to the benefit of in car navigation, mobile phone services and a host of other applications that rely on up to date, detailed street level data such as pay-as-you-drive or congestion charging. The NSG has been designed to support the Department for Transport's aspirations for more efficient street works recording and information provision under the requirements of the Traffic Management Act.

Since the transfer of Custodianship of the NSG hub to Intelligent Addressing, the NSG has seen a dramatic improvement in the quality and detail of the data being submitted. For the second consecutive release of the NSG all 172 Highways Authorities in England and Wales have successfully submitted data. In addition all submissions have achieved the minimum required standard and 88% of submissions have achieved the maximum quality standards.

"This latest publication of the NSG is another milestone in the journey towards a centrally maintained, accurate and up to date database of every street and highway in England and Wales. The hard work and achievement of all contributing parties should be applauded," said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing. "By continuing our efforts, and those of the highways authorities and other contributing parties, a commercially available solution is no longer a dream, but an achievable reality."

Intelligent Addressing, in partnership with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), are the custodians of the NSG. Working with Local Government Highways Authorities and other organisations with highways responsibilities, including Transport for London, the Highways Agency and Network Rail, they operate the national hub. This centralised server collates and validates Local Street Gazetteer (LSG) information from source and provides a facility to make this information available to organisations carrying out street works, such as public utilities. Required as part of the New Roads and Street Works Act legislation, the NSG provides an inclusive list of named and un-named streets, footpaths and thoroughfares together with associated street data (ASD) such as vehicle width and height restrictions.

1 December 2006

Notes to editors

Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.

National Street Gazetteer: Required under the New Roads and Street Works Act, the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) is a comprehensive list of over 1 million named and un-named streets, footpaths and thoroughfares, the definitive source for anyone with an interest in streets and their usage. There are over 300 organisations, utilities such as gas, water and electricity, BT, plus cable and communications companies, named as 'Statutory Undertakers' approved by the Department of Transport to download this data, which conforms to the BS7666:1-2000 Standard

Intelligent Addressing Contact:

Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing | T: 0207 747 3500 | Email: [email protected]

www.intelligent-addressing.co.uk | www.nlpg.org.uk | www.thensg.org.uk

Editorial enquiries and colour separation requests: William Allbrook | T: 01666 826641 | F: 01666 824668

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