Opened 8 months ago

Last modified 7 months ago

#15530 new enhancement

Designated direction for railway tracks

Reported by: Zverikk Owned by: team
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: Internal preset Version:
Keywords: railway direction Cc:


Oneway tag is not applicable to railway=rail (and others, like railway=subway), because there are no legal obstacles to trains going either way. But usually there is a common direction of travel. Mappers use these tags to specify it:

These tags are used on 61k and 3.5k objects respectively. Could you please add both, ot at least the first one, to presets and the map style? It would help mappers not add oneway=yes on railway tracks and hint at the correct tagging.

Also it'd be great to validate railway+oneway combilation and suggest a better tagging.

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comment:1 Changed 8 months ago by Don-vip

Keywords: railway direction added

comment:2 Changed 8 months ago by Klumbumbus

Component: Internal mappaint styleInternal preset

comment:3 Changed 7 months ago by Klumbumbus

Hm, currently there are 88k ways with railway=* + oneway=*, which is more than the 61k ​railway:preferred_direction.
Is there a clear statement from the "railway fraction" of OSM about this tagging topic?

comment:4 Changed 7 months ago by Zverikk

Yes, oneway is not formally applicable to railways, since trains are not forbidden by law to go in opposing directions. Oneway is a kind of access: think of it as "access:backward=no". For that reason two railway communities — german and russian — invented these two tags to map designated directions of railway tracks.

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