Ordnance Survey updates maps following Cumbria floods

Surveyors from Ordnance Survey have begun the task of mapping changes to critical infrastructure in Workington, Cumbria, following November's flooding.

The changes to bridges, Workington Railway Station and the road network will be reflected in the OS MasterMap Topography and Integrated Transport Network Layers from early 2010. The first changes to be made have been the addition of the new army-built Barker Bridge and the Workington temporary railway station.

David Henderson,  Ordnance Survey product manager, said, “Although these changes will be temporary, the new bridge and railway station will remain in place for some time, and it is important to provide updated mapping to support those managing the general recovery of the area from the terrible impact of November’s floods. As and when the bridge and station are more permanently restored, we will ensure that our data is updated again.”

Additionally, changes have been made to Ordnance Survey’s road network information, which is used in a wide range of transport information and vehicle routing applications.

Ordnance Survey has worked with Cumbria County Council to identify the changes that need to be made. Through continued liaison with the local authority all the other bridges in the county that are still closed, condemned or collapsed will also be recorded and updated as required. The map updates have already been made available to local authorities, government departments, emergency services and other organisations that rely on the latest Ordnance Survey data.

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