On 19/02/2018 14:37, David Woolley wrote:
On 19/02/18 13:29, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) wrote:
The raw branch list data can be found at
http://robert.mathmos.net/osm/postoffice/data/  and it licensed under
the Open Government Licence v3. It includes ID numbers, branch names,
addresses, locations, and opening hours.

What does type=Crown mean, as one of those near me is marked as this, but is actually a concession in a W H Smith's?

A Crown Post Office is one that is either managed directly by Post Office Ltd, or is provided as part of a national franchise agreement with a major retailer.

AIUI, WH Smith is, so far, the only retailer that has currently entered into such an arrangement, but I may be wrong.

The difference between a franchised Crown Post Office and a normal sub Post Office is that in the latter, the management of the Post Office and the non-PO retail are the same (typically, of course, a village shop that combines the role of Post Office and general store), whereas in a Crown franchise, the Post Office section is managed separately to the normal retail operation even if they share non-managerial staff.


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