BPLAN Geography

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The rail industry uses a system called BPLAN (a successor to a system called APLAN) to manage a master set of geography data used when planning trains. Network Rail create extracts of this geographical data as a PIF.


The following sets of data are included in the extracts:

Record type Description
PIF Header record
REF > ACC Accommodation Class codes
REF > ACT Activity codes
REF > BHX Bank Holiday Excepted codes
REF > BRA Brand codes
REF > BUS Business Sector codes (no longer used)
REF > CAT Catering codes
REF > OPC Operating Characteristics
REF > PWR Power Supply Type codes
REF > RES Reservations codes
REF > SER Service Codes (not released in the Open Data extract)
REF > SLE Sleeper codes
REF > TCL Train Class codes
REF > TCT Train Category codes
REF > TOC Train Operating Company codes (not ATOC codes)
REF > TRS Train Status codes used in bid/offer files (not released as Open Data)
REF > TST Publication Status codes
REF > ZNE Data Areas
TLD Timing loads
LOC Location codes
PLT Platform data
NWK Network links
TLK Timing links
PIT Trailer record

More detailed documentation on the data structure is available.


The data is available for each principal and subsidiary timetable (twice a year).


  • Service Code reference data (SER) is not currently published, as it contains data about freight operators
  • Bid and offer files (sometimes called PEX files) between Network Rail and train operators are not published, as they may contain unworkable train bids or sensitive data


Links to current and historical data are contained on a separate page.

The data can also be requested via an API from the Network Rail API platform.