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INSPIRE DataSpecification TN v3.1

This document specifies a harmonised data specification for the spatial data theme Transport Networks as defined in the INSPIRE Directive.

This data specification provides the basis for the drafting of Implementing Rules according to the INSPIRE Directive [Directive 2007/2/EC]. The entire data specification will be published as implementation guidelines accompanying these Implementing Rules.


The purpose of this document is to specify a harmonised data specification for the spatial data theme Transport Networks as defined in the INSPIRE Directive.

However each organisation will have different responsibilities from the next and this will influence the kind of data they collect and manage and use. In turn some organisations may use simple models; others by necessity will have complex data arrangements. This data specification is provided as basic framework which users can adopt and if required – extend for themselves.

The model is structured to maximise reuse and the sharing of organisational data about a network. The specification is concerned only with the core spatial objects required by Transport Networks (while acknowledging that the boundary of any object grouping is never black and white).


The data specification has been prepared by the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group Transport

Networks (TWG-TN), a multinational team of experts in the field drawn from different parts of the European Union, in the frame of the common and transparent development process.

Long description

The key characteristics of the Transport Networks datasets are:

• They contain information of specific interest for the public sector in its role to support economic growth through efficient transportation, passenger safety, environmental impacts and social planning, etc.

• The information is applicable from local to European levels of operation.

• The data represents a structure or methods of operation that is stable over time (even if parts of the data content frequently changes).

• Supports cross border (pan-European) applications.

• Being a part of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure the data may be more easily used with other kinds of data themes, such as geographical names, administrative units, and addresses etc.

• Private sector applications are extensive.

Known implementation

The whole known implementation of Inspire is available at:

History / Key milestones

The Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council adopted on 14 March 2007 aims at establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) for environmental policies, or policies and activities that have an impact on the environment.


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