A quick guide to building a pgRouting network from Ordnance Survey's Meridian2 dataset. It assumes you have a working PostgreSQL/PostGIS database. The most current information will be on Github: https://github.com/mixedbredie/meridian2-for-pgrouting
Get the data
Download the Meridian2 shapefiles for the UK from https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html
Merge the roads
- unzip the downloaded Meridian2 data
- using QGIS you can merge all the roads layers to make one layer.
- Vector Menu > Data Management > Merge Shapefiles To One
- Choose all roads layers
- create merged layer
- Add the new layer to QGIS
Load to the database
- Use the DB Manager in QGIS to load the data to PostGIS. This takes a wee while as there are 1.25 million roads features.
- Optionally create schema: os_m2 (or use public)
- Create table: m2_roads
- Set primary key field: gid
- Set geometry field: geometry
- Set target SRID: 27700
- Check the box to create single part features rather than multipart.
- Check box to create spatial index.
Create a network table
Add some fields that pgRouting needs
ALTER TABLE os_m2.m2_roads ADD COLUMN source integer, ADD COLUMN target integer, ADD COLUMN speed_km integer, ADD COLUMN cost_len double precision, ADD COLUMN rcost_len double precision, ADD COLUMN cost_time double precision, ADD COLUMN rcost_time double precision, ADD COLUMN x1 double precision, ADD COLUMN y1 double precision, ADD COLUMN x2 double precision, ADD COLUMN y2 double precision, ADD COLUMN to_cost double precision, ADD COLUMN rule text, ADD COLUMN isolated integer;
Build the indices on the source and target fields to speed things up
CREATE INDEX strat_rds_source_idx ON os_m2.m2_roads USING btree(source); CREATE INDEX strat_rds_target_idx ON os_m2.m2_roads USING btree(target);
Populate the network table
Calculate coordinates for start and end points of lines
UPDATE os_m2.m2_roads SET x1 = st_x(st_startpoint(geometry)), y1 = st_y(st_startpoint(geometry)), x2 = st_x(st_endpoint(geometry)), y2 = st_y(st_endpoint(geometry));
Update the length fields with length of the links
UPDATE os_m2.m2_roads SET cost_len = ST_Length(geometry), rcost_len = ST_Length(geometry);
Set some average speeds used to calculate travel time. Adjust as required.
UPDATE os_m2.m2_roads SET speed_km = CASE WHEN number LIKE 'M%' THEN 60 WHEN number LIKE 'A%' THEN 50 WHEN number LIKE 'B%' THEN 40 ELSE 30 END;
Calculate the travel time for each link
UPDATE os_m2.m2_roads SET cost_time = cost_len/1000.0/speed_km::numeric*3600.0, rcost_time = cost_len/1000.0/speed_km::numeric*3600.0;
Update the statistics on the table and clear out the cruft
VACUUM ANALYZE VERBOSE os_m2.m2_roads;
Build the topology
Build your network (took 45 min on my quad core processor)
Analyse the network
Analyse your network for errors (took another 45 min). You may get some complaints about the geometry being MULTILINESTRING rather than LINESTRING.
Use the pgRouting Layer plugin in QGIS to load your network table and do some routing.